We note that the First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIBK) Executive VP & Chief Risk Officer, Philip Gaglia, recently sold US$59k worth of stock for US$43.51 per share. It might not be a huge sale, but it did reduce their holding size 15%, hardly encouraging.
First Interstate BancSystem Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the insider, Susan Heyneman, for US$4.2m worth of shares, at about US$40.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$43.47, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was 100% of Susan Heyneman's holding.
All up, insiders sold more shares in First Interstate BancSystem than they bought, over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) 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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I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. First Interstate BancSystem insiders own about US$670m worth of shares (which is 25% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Do The First Interstate BancSystem Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider hasn't bought First Interstate BancSystem stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. On the plus side, First Interstate BancSystem makes money, and is growing profits. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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 First Interstate BancSystem 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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