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Have Insiders Been Buying RTI Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTIX) Shares?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in RTI Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTIX).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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RTI Surgical Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chief Financial & Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary Jonathon Singer bought US$214k worth of shares at a price of US$4.28 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was at a lower price. The purchase might not be the best indicator of confidence in the current valuation.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$328k for 78.70k shares purchased. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by RTI Surgical insiders. The average buy price was around US$4.16. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. But we must note that the investments were made at well below today’s share price. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:RTIX Recent Insider Trading, March 4th 2019

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Insiders at RTI Surgical Have Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that RTI Surgical insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Overall, 2 insiders shelled out US$328k for shares in the company — and none sold. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does RTI Surgical Boast High 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. It appears that RTI Surgical insiders own 4.0% of the company, worth about US$14m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The RTI Surgical Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Insiders likely see value in RTI Surgical shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for RTI Surgical.

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