High Yield Dividend Stocks With Significant Insider Buying Activity

Are you looking for high yield dividend stocks? The payout can be extremely attractive, but how do you know if you're buying into a reliable company? One great sentiment indicator for stocks comes from company insiders. [More Investing Ideas for Dividend Stocks:  Target Rock Advisors Update List of Sustainable Utility Leaders]

Using these ideas we created a list of high yield dividend stocks with significant net purchases from company insiders over the past six months.

Many analysts follow insider buying trends because, after all, insiders know more about their companies than anyone else. Their investment activity is closely monitored and can tell us a lot about where they feel the business is heading.  Insider buying is represented as a percentage of the share float. Companies experiencing insider buying over the past six months provide an indicator that insiders think the stock is undervalued at current levels. Inversely, insider selling serves as a negative indicator. 

Seven stocks with yields above 3% made the cut. They are listed in detail below.

Interactive Chart: Press "play" to see the changes in dividend yield over the past two years for the stocks below:

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Below is a list of stocks paying a high dividend yield that are also seeing insider purchases over the past six months.  Do you agree with these insiders’ optimism? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis. List Average 1-Year Return: 10%.

1. NuStar GP Holdings, LLC ( NSH): Engages in the terminalling and storage of petroleum products, transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, and marketing of asphalt and fuels. Market cap at $1.37B, most recent closing price at $32.18.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 393,000 shares, which represents about 1.14% of the company's 34.34M share float. 

Dividend yield at 6.77%. (Payout ratio is a troubling 4222.74%)

2. Calamos Asset Management Inc. ( CLMS): Provides investment advisory services to individuals including high net worth individuals, and institutions. Market cap at $227.22M, most recent closing price at $11.10.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 1,503,230 shares, which represents about 1.25% of the company's 119.84M share float. 

Dividend yield at 4.5%. (Payout ratio at a more comfortable 45.88%)

3. Western Gas Partners LP ( WES): Engages in the acquisition, ownership, development, and operation of midstream energy assets in east and west Texas, the Rocky Mountains, and the Mid-Continent. Market cap at $5.91B, most recent closing price at $56.44.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 8,842,864 shares, which represents about 16.31% of the company's 54.23M share float. 

Dividend yield at 3.69%. (Payout ratio at 132.76%)

4. Parkway Properties Inc. ( PKY): Engages in the operation, acquisition, ownership, management, and leasing of office properties. Market cap at $1.24B, most recent closing price at $18.05.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 5,848,000 shares, which represents about 19.06% of the company's 30.68M share float. 

Dividend yield at 3.32%.

5. Universal Technical Institute, Inc. ( UTI): Provides postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians in the United States. Market cap at $298.9M, most recent closing price at $12.26.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 627,445 shares, which represents about 3.64% of the company's 17.23M share float. 

Dividend yield at 3.26%. (Payout ratio at 121.93%)
 

Two more stocks made the list, but given their high yields we consider their payouts rather volatile and unsustainable. Investors should proceed with caution with these names. 

6. Life Partners Holdings, Inc. ( LPHI): Operates in the secondary market for life insurance in the United States. Market cap at $72.92M, most recent closing price at $3.91.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 223,724 shares, which represents about 2.51% of the company's 8.93M share float. Dividend yield at 10.23%. 

7. Natural Resource Partners LP ( NRP): Engages in the ownership and management of coal properties in Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, and the Northern Powder River Basin regions of the United States. Market cap at $2.57B, most recent closing price at $23.37.

Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 2,097,130 shares, which represents about 2.88% of the company's 72.74M share float. 

Dividend yield at 9.41%. (Payout ratio at 111.56%)

 

- Becca Lipman, Kapitall 

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