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Read This Before Selling Prescient Therapeutics Limited (ASX:PTX) Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Prescient Therapeutics Limited (ASX:PTX).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Prescient Therapeutics

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider Chris Retzos bought AU$263k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.064 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than AU$0.058 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Prescient Therapeutics insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The average buy price was around AU$0.071. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:PTX Recent Insider Trading, January 27th 2020

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Insider Ownership of Prescient Therapeutics

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Our data indicates that Prescient Therapeutics insiders own about AU$3.1m worth of shares (which is 13% of the company). We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Prescient Therapeutics Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if Prescient Therapeutics insiders bought more shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Prescient Therapeutics, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Prescient Therapeutics may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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