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Read This Before Selling Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:AVDL) Shares

Lawrence Carr

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 Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:AVDL).

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Avadel Pharmaceuticals

Gregory Divis made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$96k worth of shares at a price of US$6.00 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. It’s not at all bad to see insiders buy shares at or above current prices. Gregory Divis was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGM:AVDL Insider Trading January 18th 19

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Does Avadel Pharmaceuticals Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data indicates that Avadel Pharmaceuticals insiders own about US$6.5m worth of shares (which is 6.6% of the company). Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Do The Avadel Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Avadel Pharmaceuticals insiders bought more shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Avadel Pharmaceuticals.

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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.