It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC).
What Is Insider Selling?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise'.
AGNC Investment Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when CEO, Chief Investment Officer & Director Gary Kain bought US$2.4m worth of shares at a price of US$12.60 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$15.99), we still think insider buying is a positive. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 204.82k shares for US$2.6m. But insiders sold 6.74k shares worth US$89k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by AGNC Investment insiders. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. AGNC Investment insiders own about US$66m worth of shares. That equates to 0.8% 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 Does This Data Suggest About AGNC Investment Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded AGNC Investment shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in AGNC Investment and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with AGNC Investment (including 2 which make us uncomfortable).
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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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