Insider Buying: Esperion Therapeutics Inc (ESPR) CEO Purchases 5,000 Shares of Stock

Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ESPR) CEO Timothy M. Mayleben bought 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 20th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $43.48 per share, for a total transaction of $217,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 56,163 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,441,967.24. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Shares of ESPR stock traded up $1.05 during trading on Thursday, hitting $44.23. 414,029 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 598,647. The stock has a market cap of $1.16 billion, a P/E ratio of -5.87 and a beta of 2.17. Esperion Therapeutics Inc has a twelve month low of $33.06 and a twelve month high of $79.30.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on ESPR shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, February 8th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. BidaskClub raised shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 4th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Thursday, December 13th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $45.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Northland Securities reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 target price on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Friday, March 1st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $73.08.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 45.2% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 31,583 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $1,453,000 after acquiring an additional 9,836 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 3.4% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 71,095 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $3,155,000 after acquiring an additional 2,348 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 35.1% in the third quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 62,477 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $2,772,000 after acquiring an additional 16,237 shares during the last quarter. BB Biotech AG lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. BB Biotech AG now owns 3,392,964 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $156,076,000 after acquiring an additional 110,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Rothschild & Co. Asset Management US Inc. lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 15.4% in the third quarter. Rothschild & Co. Asset Management US Inc. now owns 27,381 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $1,215,000 after acquiring an additional 3,644 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 99.39% of the company’s stock.

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About Esperion Therapeutics

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc, a lipid management company, focuses on developing and commercializing oral therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). Its lead product candidate is bempedoic acid/ezetimibe combination pill, a non-statin, orally available, LDL-C lowering therapy for patients with hypercholesterolemia and with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and/or heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia that is in Phase III long-term safety and tolerability study.

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