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Insiders rewarded with a US$942k addition on top of their US$5.0m purchase as Natera, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) hits US$3.7b

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Natera, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) insiders who purchased shares in the last 12 months were richly rewarded last week. The stock climbed by 9.6% resulting in a US$328m addition to the company’s market value. In other words, the original US$5.0m purchase is now worth US$5.9m.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for Natera

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Natera

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Lead Independent Director Roelof Botha for US$5.0m worth of shares, at about US$33.49 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$38.87. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. 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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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Natera insiders own about US$157m worth of shares (which is 4.2% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Natera Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Natera. Nice! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. While conducting our analysis, we found that Natera has 3 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore these.

But note: Natera 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.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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