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Have Insiders Been Buying Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NASDAQ:AXGT) Shares This Year?

Asher Wright

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell Axovant Sciences Ltd. (NASDAQ:AXGT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Axovant Sciences Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director George Bickerstaff for US$52k worth of shares, at about US$2.07 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. 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. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was George Bickerstaff.

George Bickerstaff bought a total of 50.00k shares over the year at an average price of US$1.78. 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!

NasdaqGS:AXGT Recent Insider Trading, February 21st 2019

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Insider Ownership of Axovant Sciences

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. From what we can see in our data, insiders own only about US$154k worth of Axovant Sciences shares. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. This level of insider ownership is notably low, and not very encouraging.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Axovant Sciences Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Axovant Sciences insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Axovant Sciences insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Axovant Sciences.

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