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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ:IBOC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At International Bancshares
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Director, Antonio Sanchez, for US$9.4m worth of shares, at about US$46.84 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$37.93. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Antonio Sanchez.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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International Bancshares Insiders Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that International Bancshares insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. We can see that Roberto Reséndez paid US$184k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.
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. International Bancshares insiders own 12% of the company, currently worth about US$299m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At International Bancshares Tell Us?
It is good to see the recent insider purchase. But we can't say the same for the transactions over the last 12 months. The recent buying by an insider, along with high insider ownership, suggest that International Bancshares insiders are fairly aligned, and optimistic. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if International Bancshares is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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