Have Insiders Been Buying NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE:NXRT) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. (NYSE:NXRT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At NexPoint Residential Trust

Chairman James Dondero made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$313k worth of shares at a price of US$33.00 each. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. 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. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 18.97k shares worth US$626k. Overall, NexPoint Residential Trust insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about US$33.00. Although they bought at below the recent price of US$37.88 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:NXRT Insider Trading February 6th 19
NYSE:NXRT Insider Trading February 6th 19

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Insiders at NexPoint Residential Trust Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at NexPoint Residential Trust. Overall, 2 insiders shelled out US$626k for shares in the company — and none sold. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does NexPoint Residential 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. NexPoint Residential Trust insiders own about US$81m worth of shares. That equates to 9.1% 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.

What Might The Insider Transactions At NexPoint Residential Trust Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of NexPoint Residential Trust we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. 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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