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Great news for Amerant Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTB): Insiders acquired stock in large numbers last year

·3 min read

When a single insider purchases stock, it is typically not a major deal. However, when multiple insiders purchase stock, like in Amerant Bancorp Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMTB) instance, it's good news for shareholders.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for Amerant Bancorp

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Amerant Bancorp

The President Gerald Plush made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$156k worth of shares at a price of US$15.59 each. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$25.76), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

In the last twelve months Amerant Bancorp insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about US$17.56 on average. It is certainly positive to see that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today's levels. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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Amerant Bancorp is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Does Amerant Bancorp Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It's great to see that Amerant Bancorp insiders own 27% of the company, worth about US$261m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Amerant Bancorp Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Amerant Bancorp insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Amerant Bancorp insiders feel good about the company's future. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. For example - Amerant Bancorp has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

But note: Amerant Bancorp may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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