Read This Before Selling Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD) Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Brookdale Senior Living

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Frank Bumstead for US$139k worth of shares, at about US$6.95 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$6.28 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$599k for 83118 shares purchased. In the last twelve months Brookdale Senior Living insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by 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:BKD Recent Insider Trading, May 1st 2019
NYSE:BKD Recent Insider Trading, May 1st 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Brookdale Senior Living Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Brookdale Senior Living insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Overall, seven insiders shelled out US$422k for shares in the company — and none sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Brookdale Senior Living insiders own 2.5% of the company, worth about US$29m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Brookdale Senior Living Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Brookdale Senior Living insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Brookdale Senior Living.

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