We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATEC).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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.’
Alphatec Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Executive Vice President of Clinical Strategies Kelli Howell for US$259k worth of shares, at about US$2.59 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of US$5.23. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn’t tell us much about whether insiders might find today’s price attractive.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 125k shares worth US$322k. In the last twelve months Alphatec Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
Insider Ownership of Alphatec Holdings
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Alphatec Holdings insiders own 15% of the company, worth about US$48m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Do The Alphatec Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Alphatec Holdings shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Alphatec Holdings insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. 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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