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Top Buys by Top Brass: Chief Executive Officer Patel's $341.3K Bet on HCI

By The Online Investor Staff, Friday, March 15, 12:06 PM ET

A company's own top management tend to have the best inside view into the business, so when company officers make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company in the open market, is that they expect to make money maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by the ''top brass'' over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $341.3K invested across 2 purchases by Paresh Patel, Chief Executive Officer at HCI Group Inc (NYSE:HCI).

Patel bets big on HCI:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
11/26/2018 Paresh Patel Chief Executive Officer 1,000 $52.91 $52,910.00
03/13/2019 Paresh Patel Chief Executive Officer 7,000 $41.20 $288,393.00

Patel's average cost works out to $42.66/share. Shares of HCI Group Inc were changing hands at $43.57 at last check, trading up about 1.9% on Friday. The chart below shows the one year performance of HCI shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

HCI Group Inc Chart

Looking at the chart above, HCI's low point in its 52 week range is $36.7202 per share, with $59.32 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $43.57.

The current annualized dividend paid by HCI Group Inc is $1.6/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 02/14/2019. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for HCI, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 3.7% annualized yield is likely to continue.

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