Have Insiders Been Selling Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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Brandywine Realty Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP and Senior MD of Austin & Metro DC Regions, William Redd, sold US$494k worth of shares at a price of US$16.45 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$15.01. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 56634 shares for a total of US$914k. Brandywine Realty Trust insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:BDN Recent Insider Trading, May 23rd 2019
NYSE:BDN Recent Insider Trading, May 23rd 2019

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Brandywine Realty Trust Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Brandywine Realty Trust. Specifically, insiders ditched US$203k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership

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. It appears that Brandywine Realty Trust insiders own 1.3% of the company, worth about US$35m. 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 Brandywine Realty Trust Insiders?

Insiders sold Brandywine Realty Trust shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. Insider ownership isn’t particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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