Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX)?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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. For example, a Colombia 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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Novavax Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President Stanley Erck bought US$165k worth of shares at a price of US$1.65 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price, we still think insider buying is a positive. The purchase might not be the best indicator of confidence in the current valuation.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 195.79k shares for a total of US$302k. Overall, Novavax insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about US$1.54. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, we do note that they were buying at significantly lower prices than today’s share price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:NVAX Insider Trading December 20th 18
NasdaqGS:NVAX Insider Trading December 20th 18

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Does Novavax Boast High 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Novavax insiders own 0.5% of the company, currently worth about US$4.2m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Novavax Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Novavax insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Novavax.

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