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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPNT)?

Pam Parks

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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 Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPNT).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

See our latest analysis for Opiant Pharmaceuticals

Opiant Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Ann MacDougall for US$79k worth of shares, at about US$16.97 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 11.02k shares worth US$189k. But they sold 2.76k for US$45k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Opiant Pharmaceuticals insiders. They paid about US$17.13 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around US$14.76). You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NASDAQCM:OPNT Insider Trading February 6th 19

I will like Opiant Pharmaceuticals better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership

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. Our data indicates that Opiant Pharmaceuticals insiders own about US$8.2m worth of shares (which is 14% of the company). Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Opiant Pharmaceuticals Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Opiant Pharmaceuticals shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Opiant Pharmaceuticals insiders are doubting the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

But note: Opiant Pharmaceuticals 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.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.