Need To Know: Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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 Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE:BDN).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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. 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.’

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Brandywine Realty Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Executive VP and Senior MD of Austin & Metro DC William Redd for US$494k worth of shares, at about US$16.45 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$12.75. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 43.23k shares for a total of US$711k. In total, Brandywine Realty Trust insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$16.44, on average. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. The chart below shows insider transactions 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!

NYSE:BDN Insider Trading December 21st 18
NYSE:BDN Insider Trading December 21st 18

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Does Brandywine Realty Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Brandywine Realty Trust insiders own about US$28m worth of shares (which is 1.2% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Brandywine Realty Trust Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Brandywine Realty Trust shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Brandywine Realty Trust insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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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