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How Much Are Designer Brands Inc. (NYSE:DBI) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

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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 Designer Brands Inc. ( NYSE:DBI ), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Designer Brands Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Harvey Sonnenberg, sold US$141k worth of shares at a price of US$25.50 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$20.44). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 14801.28 shares worth US$370k. In the last year Designer Brands insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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!

NYSE:DBI Recent Insider Trading, May 18th 2019

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Does Designer Brands 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Designer Brands insiders own 13% of the company, worth about US$195m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Designer Brands Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Designer Brands, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. Of course, the future is what matters most . So if you are interested in Designer Brands, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company .

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