Who Has Been Selling Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB) Shares?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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Meridian Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Independent Director, Domenic Gambardella, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$139k worth of shares at a price of US$19.84 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$18.07. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Insiders in Meridian Bancorp didn’t buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:EBSB Recent Insider Trading, February 15th 2020
NasdaqGS:EBSB Recent Insider Trading, February 15th 2020

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Does Meridian Bancorp 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 3.8% of Meridian Bancorp shares, worth about US$35m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Meridian Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Meridian Bancorp insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Our analysis of Meridian Bancorp insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Meridian Bancorp.

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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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