Need To Know: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT) Insiders Have Been Buying 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 Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ESRT).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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Empire State Realty Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Executive VP & CFO David Karp bought US$73k worth of shares at a price of US$16.19 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$15.31 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was David Karp.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:ESRT Recent Insider Trading, May 10th 2019
NYSE:ESRT Recent Insider Trading, May 10th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Empire State Realty Trust

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Empire State Realty Trust insiders own about US$12m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Empire State Realty Trust Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in Empire State Realty Trust and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Empire State Realty Trust, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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