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Wendye Robbins Just Bought 22% More Shares In RAPT Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAPT)

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that Wendye Robbins, who is a company insider, recently bought US$98k worth of stock, for US$19.52 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 22%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At RAPT Therapeutics

Notably, that recent purchase by Wendye Robbins is the biggest insider purchase of RAPT Therapeutics shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$18.94). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$228k for 17.00k shares. But insiders sold 2.74k shares worth US$56k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by RAPT Therapeutics insiders. They paid about US$13.38 on average. It is certainly positive to see 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 (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!

NasdaqGM:RAPT Insider Trading Volume March 19th 2023

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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 1.9% of RAPT Therapeutics shares, worth about US$12m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About RAPT Therapeutics Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in RAPT Therapeutics shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). 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. To assist with this, we've discovered 4 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of RAPT Therapeutics.

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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.

What are the risks and opportunities for RAPT Therapeutics?

RAPT Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage immunology-based biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovery, development, and commercialization of oral small molecule therapies for patients with unmet needs in oncology and inflammatory diseases in the United States.

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  • Shareholders have been diluted in the past year

  • Does not have meaningful revenue ($2M)

  • Volatile share price over the past 3 months

  • Currently unprofitable and not forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years

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