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Cassava Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAVA) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Cassava Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAVA).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Cassava Sciences

Director Sanford Robertson made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$63k worth of shares at a price of US$1.05 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$1.07 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the Cassava Sciences insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 110k shares for a total of US$114k. While Cassava Sciences insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqCM:SAVA Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019

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Cassava Sciences Insiders Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Cassava Sciences insider buying shares in the last three months. Chief Financial Officer Eric Schoen shelled out US$11k for shares in that time. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn't enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that Cassava Sciences insiders own about US$1.9m worth of shares (which is 10% of the company). Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At Cassava Sciences Tell Us?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. That said, the purchases were not large. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more Cassava Sciences stock. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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