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Insiders who bought in the last 12 months lose an additional US$127k as Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) drops to US$281m

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Insiders who bought US$200k worth of Rite Aid Corporation's (NYSE:RAD) stock at an average buy price of US$13.93 over the last year may be disappointed by the recent 29% decrease in the stock. Insiders buy with the expectation to see their investments rise in value over a period of time. However, recent losses have rendered their above investment worth US$73k which is not ideal.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Rite Aid

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President Heyward Donigan bought US$200k worth of shares at a price of US$13.93 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$5.06. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. Heyward Donigan was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

NYSE:RAD Insider Trading Volume September 30th 2022

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Does Rite Aid Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 4.3% of Rite Aid shares, worth about US$12m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Rite Aid Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Rite Aid shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in Rite Aid and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. When we did our research, we found 5 warning signs for Rite Aid (1 is concerning!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

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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.

What are the risks and opportunities for Rite Aid?

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States.

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  • Trading at 96.3% below our estimate of its fair value


  • Negative shareholders equity

  • Volatile share price over the past 3 months

  • Has less than 1 year of cash runway

  • Currently unprofitable and not forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years

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