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One Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE:BNED) insider upped their stake by 20% in the previous year

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Insiders were net buyers of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.'s (NYSE:BNED ) stock during the past year. That is, insiders bought more stock than they sold.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

Check out our latest analysis for Barnes & Noble Education

Barnes & Noble Education Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman & CEO, Michael Huseby, for US$604k worth of shares, at about US$8.33 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$6.81). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

Zachary Levenick purchased 265.00k shares over the year. The average price per share was US$8.02. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. 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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Barnes & Noble Education is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Barnes & Noble Education Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There has been significantly more insider buying, than selling, at Barnes & Noble Education, over the last three months. In total, Independent Director Zachary Levenick bought US$1.6m worth of shares in that time. On the other hand, Executive VP of Corporate Development & Affairs Michael Miller netted US$30k by selling. We think insiders may be optimistic about the future, since insiders have been net buyers of shares.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Barnes & Noble Education insiders own 21% of the company, worth about US$73m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Barnes & Noble Education Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in Barnes & Noble Education shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Barnes & Noble Education and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

But note: Barnes & Noble Education 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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