Insider Buying: Andrea Ellis Just Spent US$101k On BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBIO) Shares

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 18, 2022
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Potential BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBIO) shareholders may wish to note that insider Andrea Ellis recently bought US$101k worth of stock, paying US$8.39 for each share. However, it only increased shareholding by a small percentage, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At BridgeBio Pharma

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director James Momtazee for US$1.2m worth of shares, at about US$14.50 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$10.76). 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. 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.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 180.31k shares worth US$2.5m. But insiders sold 11.75k shares worth US$150k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by BridgeBio Pharma insiders. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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NasdaqGS:BBIO Insider Trading Volume March 18th 2022

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It's great to see that BridgeBio Pharma insiders own 7.4% of the company, worth about US$118m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At BridgeBio Pharma Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest BridgeBio Pharma insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. Looks promising! 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. For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for BridgeBio Pharma (2 are significant) you should be aware of.

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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.

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