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Even if it’s not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Oded Shein, the Chief Financial Officer of Shift Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFT) recently shelled out US$70k to buy stock, at US$7.00 per share. Although the purchase is not a big one, by either a percentage standpoint or absolute value, it can be seen as a good sign.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Shift Technologies

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chief Operating Officer Sean Foy for US$101k worth of shares, at about US$8.10 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$7.36). It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months Shift Technologies insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about US$7.10 on average. Although they bought at below the recent share price, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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Insider Ownership of Shift Technologies

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Shift Technologies insiders own about US$23m worth of shares. That equates to 3.6% 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.

So What Do The Shift Technologies Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Shift Technologies insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it’s beneficial to identify the risks facing Shift Technologies. When we did our research, we found 3 warning signs for Shift Technologies (1 shouldn’t be ignored!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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