Insider Buying: The Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:MTNB) Independent Vice Chairman of the Board Just Bought 33% More Shares

Even if it’s not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Patrick LePore, the Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSEMKT:MTNB) recently shelled out US$73k to buy stock, at US$0.73 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 33%.

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Matinas BioPharma Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chief Financial Officer Keith Kucinski for US$115k worth of shares, at about US$1.23 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$0.82. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months Matinas BioPharma Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about US$0.88 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. 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:MTNB Recent Insider Trading May 19th 2020
AMEX:MTNB Recent Insider Trading May 19th 2020

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Does Matinas BioPharma Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Matinas BioPharma Holdings insiders own 8.0% of the company, worth about US$13m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Matinas BioPharma Holdings Insiders?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Matinas BioPharma Holdings we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it’s beneficial to identify the risks facing Matinas BioPharma Holdings. For example, Matinas BioPharma Holdings has 4 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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