Insider Buying: The Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOB) Chairman & CEO Just Bought 2.4% More Shares

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 29, 2020

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOB) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Chairman & CEO, James Mahan, recently bought a whopping US$5.3m worth of stock, at a price of US$34.18. There's no denying a buy of that magnitude suggests conviction in a brighter future, although we do note that proportionally it only increased their holding by 2.4%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Live Oak Bancshares

In fact, the recent purchase by James Mahan was the biggest purchase of Live Oak Bancshares shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$34.26). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. 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.

While Live Oak Bancshares insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about US$22.14. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today's levels. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:LOB Insider Trading Volume October 29th 2020

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership

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. It's great to see that Live Oak Bancshares insiders own 26% of the company, worth about US$357m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Live Oak Bancshares Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Live Oak Bancshares insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. Looks promising! 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. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Live Oak Bancshares.

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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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