We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICPT).
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 in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
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 Columbia 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’.
Intercept Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the President of International, Lisa Morrison, for US$557k worth of shares, at about US$113 per share. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$69.24). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.
In total, Intercept Pharmaceuticals insiders sold more than they bought over the last 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!
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Insider Ownership of Intercept Pharmaceuticals
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Intercept Pharmaceuticals insiders own 2.4% of the company, worth about US$55m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Do The Intercept Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Intercept Pharmaceuticals shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Intercept Pharmaceuticals in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. 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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