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Read This Before Selling Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIEN) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIEN).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Sientra Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when R. Greer bought US$150k worth of shares at a price of US$13.50 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$575k for 42.59k shares. But they sold 1.85k for US$46k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Sientra insiders. The average buy price was around US$13.50. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$8.34 attractive. 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!

NasdaqGS:SIEN Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019

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Does Sientra 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 2.2% of Sientra shares, worth about US$5.2m, according to our data. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Sientra Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Sientra shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Sientra stock. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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