Anyone interested in Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG) should probably be aware that the Independent Director, Robert Dalrymple, recently divested US$151k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$42.87 each. On the bright side, that sale was only 1.4% of their holding, so we doubt it's very meaningful, on its own.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Chemung Financial
The Executive Vice President of Wealth Management Group at Chemung Canal Trust Company Thomas Wirth made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$163k worth of shares at a price of US$24.45 each. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$42.78), we still think insider buying is a positive. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 12.10k shares for US$313k. But insiders sold 4.23k shares worth US$181k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Chemung Financial insiders. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Does Chemung Financial Boast High Insider Ownership?
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Chemung Financial insiders own 21% of the company, worth about US$43m. 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 Do The Chemung Financial Insider Transactions Indicate?
Insiders sold Chemung Financial shares recently, but they didn't buy any. On the other hand, the insider transactions over the last year are encouraging. And insiders do own shares. So we're happy enough to look past some selling. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. You'd be interested to know, that we found 1 warning sign for Chemung Financial and we suggest you have a look.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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