Have Insiders Sold First Citizens BancShares Shares Recently?

We wouldn't blame First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCNC.A) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Ellen Alemany, the Director recently netted about US$4.7m selling shares at an average price of US$1,555. That sale reduced their total holding by 12% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.

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First Citizens BancShares Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent sale by Ellen Alemany was the biggest sale of First Citizens BancShares shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$1,635. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. We note that the biggest single sale was only 12%of Ellen Alemany's holding.

In total, First Citizens BancShares insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. 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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NasdaqGS:FCNC.A Insider Trading Volume March 29th 2024

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Insider Ownership Of First Citizens BancShares

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. First Citizens BancShares insiders own about US$5.3b worth of shares (which is 23% of the company). 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 First Citizens BancShares Insiders?

An insider sold First Citizens BancShares shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. On the plus side, First Citizens BancShares makes money, and is growing profits. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs (1 is concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in First Citizens BancShares.

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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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