Have Insiders Been Selling Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia 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’.

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Seacoast Banking of Florida Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chairman, Dennis Hudson, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$234k worth of shares at a price of US$29.31 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$24.61. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn’t a major concern, though it’s hardly a good sign.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 24686 shares for a total of US$715k. Seacoast Banking of Florida insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGS:SBCF Recent Insider Trading, May 27th 2019
NasdaqGS:SBCF Recent Insider Trading, May 27th 2019

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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. Insiders own 1.8% of Seacoast Banking of Florida shares, worth about US$23m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Seacoast Banking of Florida Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Seacoast Banking of Florida insiders. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Seacoast Banking of Florida, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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