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Did Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:KZR) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Kezar Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:KZR).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 Kezar Life Sciences

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Franklin Berger for US$750k worth of shares, at about US$15.00 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$16.89. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. 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. The good news for Kezar Life Sciences share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. Franklin Berger was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:KZR Recent Insider Trading, May 25th 2019

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Does Kezar Life Sciences Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Kezar Life Sciences insiders own about US$26m worth of shares. That equates to 8.1% of the company. 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 Do The Kezar Life Sciences Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Kezar Life Sciences shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Kezar Life Sciences insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Kezar Life Sciences.

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