It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE).
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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. 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.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At PolarityTE
John Stetson made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$5.6m worth of shares at a price of US$19.27 each. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$15.26. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. John Stetson was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$659k for 36.18k shares. On the other hand they divested 297.50k shares, for US$5.6m. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, 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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Does PolarityTE Boast High 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. PolarityTE insiders own about US$142m worth of shares (which is 45% 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.
So What Do The PolarityTE Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no PolarityTE insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. While we feel good about high insider ownership of PolarityTE, we can’t say the same about the selling of shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for PolarityTE.
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