Read This Before Buying Energous Corporation (NASDAQ:WATT) Shares

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 Energous Corporation (NASDAQ:WATT).

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 on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Energous Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Senior Vice President of Product Marketing Neeraj Sahejpal for US$80k worth of shares, at about US$16.30 per share. Although we don’t gain confidence from insider selling, we note that this large sale was at well above current price of US$6.18. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. Neeraj Sahejpal was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqCM:WATT Recent Insider Trading, April 3rd 2019
NasdaqCM:WATT Recent Insider Trading, April 3rd 2019

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Energous insiders own about US$29m worth of shares. That equates to 16% of the company. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Energous Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Energous insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Our analysis of Energous insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Energous, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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