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 before you buy or sell Nuvectra Corporation (NASDAQ:NVTR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
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.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'
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Nuvectra Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director David Johnson for US$122k worth of shares, at about US$6.12 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$4.20 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$312k for 51000 shares. On the other hand they divested 2850 shares, for US$55k. Overall, Nuvectra insiders were net buyers last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders at Nuvectra Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last quarter, Nuvectra insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Overall, three insiders shelled out US$312k for shares in the company -- and none sold. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
Insider Ownership of Nuvectra
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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Our data suggests Nuvectra insiders own 3.2% of the company, worth about US$2.4m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Nuvectra Insiders?
It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Nuvectra stock. 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.
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