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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:EMCF).
What Is Insider Buying?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Colombia 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’.
Emclaire Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Matthew Lucco for US$176k worth of shares, at about US$36.00 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$30.52. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.
We note that in the last year insiders divested 4.91k shares for a total of US$177k. All up, insiders sold more shares in Emclaire Financial than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$35.98. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insider Ownership of Emclaire Financial
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. It’s great to see that Emclaire Financial insiders own 19% of the company, worth about US$15m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Emclaire Financial Insiders?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Emclaire Financial shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Emclaire Financial insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.
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