Insiders who placed huge bets on Establishment Labs Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:ESTA) earlier this year would be disappointed with the 5.8% drop

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Insiders who acquired US$2.4m worth of Establishment Labs Holdings Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ESTA) stock at an average price of US$71.64 in the past 12 months may be dismayed by the recent 5.8% price decline. Insiders purchase with the hope of seeing their investments increase in value over time. However, due to recent losses, their initial investment is now only worth US$2.2m, which is not great.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for Establishment Labs Holdings

Establishment Labs Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Edward Schutter was the biggest purchase of Establishment Labs Holdings shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$66.76 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months Establishment Labs Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Establishment Labs Holdings Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Establishment Labs Holdings insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Specifically, Independent Director Edward Schutter bought US$2.3m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Establishment Labs Holdings insiders own 11% of the company, worth about US$176m. 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 Establishment Labs Holdings Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Establishment Labs Holdings. Looks promising! So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. You'd be interested to know, that we found 1 warning sign for Establishment Labs Holdings and we suggest you have a look.

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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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