Read This Before Selling Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDX) Shares

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 14, 2020
NasdaqGM:ARDX

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 Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDX), 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. 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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Ardelyx Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Independent Chairman David Mott made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$966k worth of shares at a price of US$6.96 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$5.89. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$998k for 145.71k shares. But they sold 22.90k shares for US$146k. Overall, Ardelyx insiders were net buyers during the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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NasdaqGM:ARDX Insider Trading Volume September 14th 2020

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Ardelyx Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Ardelyx insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Specifically, Independent Chairman David Mott bought US$997k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that Ardelyx insiders own 1.3% of the company, worth about US$6.9m. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Ardelyx Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Ardelyx insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Ardelyx you should be aware of.

Of course Ardelyx may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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