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Are Insiders Selling TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSEMKT:TRXC) Stock?

Sebastian Eder

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSEMKT:TRXC).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Colombia 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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TransEnterix Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chief Operating Officer Anthony Fernando for US$99k worth of shares, at about US$3.67 per share. Although we don’t gain confidence from insider selling, we note that this large sale was at well above current price of US$2.45. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. Anthony Fernando was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months. We also note that Synergy Life Science Partners, a company associated with director William Starling, sold US$22.7 million worth of stock at prices above $6 (not shown in below chart).

The chart below shows insider transactions in their personal capacity 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!

AMEX:TRXC Insider Trading January 1st 19

I will like TransEnterix better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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. TransEnterix insiders own 2.6% of the company, currently worth about US$14m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About TransEnterix Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded TransEnterix shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of TransEnterix insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for TransEnterix.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.