We wouldn't blame uniQure N.V. (NASDAQ:QURE) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Matthew Kapusta, the CEO, CFO & Executive Director recently netted about US$1.2m selling shares at an average price of US$36.63. That sale reduced their total holding by 14% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At uniQure
Notably, that recent sale by Matthew Kapusta is the biggest insider sale of uniQure shares that we've seen in the last year. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$35.41. 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.
In the last year uniQure insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insider Ownership of uniQure
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. uniQure insiders own about US$12m worth of shares. That equates to 0.8% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About uniQure Insiders?
Insiders sold uniQure shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We'd practice some caution before buying! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Our analysis shows 5 warning signs for uniQure (1 is a bit concerning!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.
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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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What are the risks and opportunities for uniQure?
Trading at 89.1% below our estimate of its fair value
Revenue is forecast to grow 37.82% per year
Significant insider selling over the past 3 months
Currently unprofitable and not forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years
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