Accolade, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACCD) insiders who bought stocks in the past 12 months were richly rewarded last week. The stock soared 9.4%, resulting in a US$76 million increase in the company’s market value. As a result, their original stock purchase worth US$177,000 is now worth US$219,000.
While insider trading isn’t the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates that you should pay attention to whether insiders are buying or selling stocks.
Accolade insider trades over the past year
Over the past year, we can see that the largest insider buy was made by Chairman of the Board and CEO Rajeev Singh for US$177,000 worth of shares, at around US$10.09 per stock. We like to see buy, but this buy was made well below the current price of US$12.51. Because the stock was purchased at a lower price, this particular purchase tells us little about what insiders think of the stock’s current price.
The chart below shows insider trading (by companies and individuals) over the past year. If you want to know exactly who sold, how much and when, just click on the chart below!
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Accolade Insiders Recently Bought Stock
Over the past three months, we have seen significantly more insider buying than insider selling at Accolade. We can see that Chairman of the Board and CEO, Rajeev Singh, paid US$177,000 for shares in the company. But Chairman Robert Cavanaugh sold shares worth US$2,000. Buying outweighs selling, suggesting that insiders may believe the company will do well in the future.
Many investors like to check how much a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely insiders will be incentivized to build the company for the long term. Accolade insiders appear to own 5.2% of the company, worth around $46 million. While this is a high but not exceptional level of insider ownership, it suffices to indicate some alignment between management and small shareholders.
So what do Accolade insider trades indicate?
The recent insider buying is encouraging. We also rely on the longer-term picture of insider trading. But we don’t feel the same way about the company making losses. Insiders likely see value in Accolade stock, given these transactions (as well as notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider trades can help us build a thesis on the stock, but it’s also helpful to know the risks this company faces. In terms of investment risks, we have identified 3 warning signs with Accolade and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are persons who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently record open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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