Did The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) Insiders Sell Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At First of Long Island

John Desmond made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$99k worth of shares at a price of US$22.79 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$21.50. 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 always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$139k for 6350 shares. But they sold 12772 for US$272k. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of First of Long Island shares, than buying. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqCM:FLIC Recent Insider Trading, June 13th 2019
NasdaqCM:FLIC Recent Insider Trading, June 13th 2019

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Insiders at First of Long Island Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at First of Long Island. In total, President Michael Vittorio sold US$68k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Does First of Long Island 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. It appears that First of Long Island insiders own 5.1% of the company, worth about US$27m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About First of Long Island Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn’t give us much comfort. But since First of Long Island is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’re in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for First of Long Island.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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