Have Insiders Been Selling Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) Shares?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Hersha Hospitality Trust Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the , Thomas Hutchison, for US$219k worth of shares, at about US$21.94 per share. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$17.89). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. Thomas Hutchison was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$284k for 16500 shares. But insiders sold 25000 shares worth US$502k. Thomas Hutchison sold a total of 25000 shares over the year at an average price of US$20.09. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:HT Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019
NYSE:HT Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019

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Does Hersha Hospitality Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. It appears that Hersha Hospitality Trust insiders own 3.8% of the company, worth about US$29m. 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 Hersha Hospitality Trust Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Hersha Hospitality Trust shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Hersha Hospitality Trust in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Hersha Hospitality Trust.

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