Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI)?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Pacific Premier Bancorp

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman, Steven Gardner, for US$1.3m worth of shares, at about US$29.92 per share. That means that even when the share price was slightly below the current price of US$30.26, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent 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 only 13.3% of Steven Gardner’s holding.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Pacific Premier Bancorp shares, than buying. You can see the insider transactions (by 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:PPBI Recent Insider Trading, July 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:PPBI Recent Insider Trading, July 16th 2019

Does Pacific Premier 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. Pacific Premier Bancorp insiders own about US$56m worth of shares. That equates to 3.0% of the company. 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 Do The Pacific Premier Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Pacific Premier Bancorp shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Pacific Premier Bancorp insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Pacific Premier Bancorp, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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