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Insiders who bought US$184k worth of Sight Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGHT) stock in the last year have seen some of their losses recouped as the stock gained 11% last week. However, total losses seen by insiders are still US$12k but in since the time of purchase.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Sight Sciences
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chief Financial Officer Jesse Selnick bought US$184k worth of shares at a price of US$18.44 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$17.22). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. Jesse Selnick was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.
You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
Sight Sciences is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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. Sight Sciences insiders own about US$158m worth of shares (which is 19% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Sight Sciences Insiders?
It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Sight Sciences insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. That's what I like to see! So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Sight Sciences (including 1 which is a bit concerning).
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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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