As loanDepot, Inc. (NYSE:LDI) drops to US$791m market cap, insiders might rethink their US$16m stock purchase earlier this year

Simply Wall St
May 11, 2022
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Insiders who acquired US$16m worth of loanDepot, Inc.'s (NYSE:LDI) stock at an average price of US$5.14 in the past 12 months may be dismayed by the recent 22% price decline. Insiders buy with the expectation to see their investments rise in value over a period of time. However, recent losses have rendered their above investment worth US$7.5m which is not ideal.

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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loanDepot Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Founder & Executive Chairman Anthony Hsieh for US$8.7m worth of shares, at about US$6.93 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$2.38. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$16m for 3.17m shares. But insiders sold 11.87k shares worth US$165k. Overall, loanDepot insiders were net buyers during the last year. Their average price was about US$5.14. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. 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!

NYSE:LDI Insider Trading Volume May 11th 2022

loanDepot is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. loanDepot insiders own about US$51m worth of shares. That equates to 6.4% 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 loanDepot Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don't see anything to make us think loanDepot insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. 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 3 warning signs for loanDepot you should know about.

But note: loanDepot may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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