Selling US$998k worth of Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) stock at high prices would have gotten insiders a handsome reward

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 27, 2021
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Despite the fact that Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) stock rose 4.6% last week, insiders who sold US$998k worth of stock in the previous 12 months are likely to be better off. Selling at an average price of US$33.13, which is higher than the current price might have been the right call as holding on to stock would have meant their investment would be worth less now than it was at the time of sale.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

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Trustmark Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive Chairman, Gerard Host, sold US$681k worth of shares at a price of US$34.07 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$31.92. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place 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.

In the last year Trustmark insiders didn't buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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NasdaqGS:TRMK Insider Trading Volume September 27th 2021

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Does Trustmark 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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Trustmark insiders own about US$35m worth of shares. That equates to 1.7% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Trustmark Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Trustmark shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Trustmark in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Trustmark you should know about.

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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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