Last week, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust's (NYSE:PMT) stock jumped 4.1%, but insiders who sold US$1.5m worth of stock in over the past year are likely to be in a better position. Selling at an average price of US$20.44, which is higher than the current price, may have been the wisest decision for these insiders as their investment would have been worth less now than when they sold.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Trustee, Marianne Sullivan, sold US$1.4m worth of shares at a price of US$20.55 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$18.04. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.
PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insider Ownership of PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust insiders own about US$16m worth of shares. That equates to 0.9% 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 PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Still, the insider transactions at PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust. For example - PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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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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