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How Many Insiders Bought Milestone Scientific Inc. (NYSEMKT:MLSS) Shares?

Lawrence Carr

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Milestone Scientific Inc. (NYSEMKT:MLSS).

What Is Insider Buying?

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, 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Milestone Scientific Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Founder Leonard Osser for US$100k worth of shares, at about US$0.35 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even if the share price has increased a bit since then.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 300.00k shares for a total of US$105k. Overall, Milestone Scientific insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$0.35. Although they bought at below the recent price of US$0.36 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. 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!

AMEX:MLSS Insider Trading February 15th 19

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Insiders at Milestone Scientific Have Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Milestone Scientific insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$105k worth of shares. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

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. Milestone Scientific insiders own about US$3.8m worth of shares. That equates to 27% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Milestone Scientific Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Milestone Scientific we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Milestone Scientific.

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