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Insider Buying: The Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS) Independent Director Just Bought US$30m Worth Of Shares

Simply Wall St
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Those following along with Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by L. Doerr, Independent Director of the company, who spent a stonking US$30m on stock at an average price of US$2.87. Aside from being a solid chunk in its own right, the deft move also saw their holding increase by some 25%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Amyris

In fact, the recent purchase by L. Doerr was the biggest purchase of Amyris shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$3.15. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. L. Doerr was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

L. Doerr bought a total of 20.07m shares over the year at an average price of US$3.19. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:AMRS Recent Insider Trading, February 7th 2020
NasdaqGS:AMRS Recent Insider Trading, February 7th 2020

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 23% of Amyris shares, worth about US$78m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Amyris Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Amyris insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

Of course Amyris may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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