Who Has Been Selling Sage Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAGE) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sage Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAGE).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Sage Therapeutics Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman Kevin Starr for US$10.0m worth of shares, at about US$169 per share. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$101. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Kevin Starr was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:SAGE Insider Trading December 14th 18
NasdaqGM:SAGE Insider Trading December 14th 18

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Sage Therapeutics insiders own 3.5% of the company, currently worth about US$181m 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 Sage Therapeutics Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. It’s heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we’d like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Sage Therapeutics insider transactions don’t fill us with confidence. 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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