Who Has Been Buying Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRVN) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRVN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Trevena Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Chairman Leon Moulder for US$102k worth of shares, at about US$1.02 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly lower prices. It may not shed much light on insider confidence at the current share price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$153k for 150.00k shares. On the other hand they divested 5.00k shares, for US$8.8k. Overall, Trevena insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$1.02. We don’t deny that it is nice to see insiders buying stock in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today’s levels. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:TRVN Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:TRVN Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019

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Trevena Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Trevena insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$153k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. From looking at our data, insiders own US$1.0m worth of Trevena stock, about 0.8% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Trevena Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Trevena insiders are expecting a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Trevena.

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