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 before you buy or sell Applied Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:APLT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
Applied Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
insider Joel Marcus made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.5m worth of shares at a price of US$10.00 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$9.36 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
In the last twelve months insiders paid US$2.8m for 275k shares purchased. While Applied Therapeutics insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. 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!
Insiders at Applied Therapeutics Have Bought Stock Recently
It’s good to see that Applied Therapeutics insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$2.8m worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
Insider Ownership of Applied Therapeutics
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. Applied Therapeutics insiders own about US$44m worth of shares. That equates to 27% of the company. 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 Do The Applied Therapeutics Insider Transactions Indicate?
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. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Applied Therapeutics insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Applied Therapeutics.
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