Did Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Capitol Federal Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Executive VP Natalie Haag made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$60k worth of shares at a price of US$12.29 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$13.49 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today’s share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Capitol Federal Financial insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$125k for 9853 shares purchased. While Capitol Federal Financial insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:CFFN Recent Insider Trading, May 17th 2019
NasdaqGS:CFFN Recent Insider Trading, May 17th 2019

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Does Capitol Federal Financial Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Capitol Federal Financial insiders own about US$34m worth of shares. That equates to 1.8% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Capitol Federal Financial Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in Capitol Federal Financial and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Capitol Federal Financial.

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