Need To Know: BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At BioSpecifics Technologies

CEO, President Thomas Wegman made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$3.3m worth of shares at a price of US$51.89 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$68.46. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 6% of Thomas Wegman’s stake.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 149.53k shares for a total of US$6.9m. In total, BioSpecifics Technologies insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$46.34, on average. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. 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!

NASDAQGM:BSTC Insider Trading February 5th 19
NASDAQGM:BSTC Insider Trading February 5th 19

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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. It’s great to see that BioSpecifics Technologies insiders own 27% of the company, worth about US$133m. 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 BioSpecifics Technologies Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the BioSpecifics Technologies insiders selling. 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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