Read This Before Buying BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRN) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRN).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The President of Worldwide Research & Development, Henry Fuchs, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.5m worth of shares at a price of US$100.00 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$87.16. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn’t a major concern, though it’s hardly a good sign.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 44416 shares for a total of US$4.4m. In the last year BioMarin Pharmaceutical insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

NasdaqGS:BMRN Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:BMRN Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.6% of BioMarin Pharmaceutical shares, worth about US$89m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At BioMarin Pharmaceutical Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded BioMarin Pharmaceutical shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of BioMarin Pharmaceutical insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for BioMarin Pharmaceutical.

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