We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (TSE:NDM).
What Is Insider Selling?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Northern Dynasty Minerals
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President Ronald Thiessen bought CA$250k worth of shares at a price of CA$1.00 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of CA$0.77. 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. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
Northern Dynasty Minerals insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. The average buy price was around CA$0.58. It is certainly positive to see that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today’s levels. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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).
Insiders at Northern Dynasty Minerals Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Northern Dynasty Minerals. Overall, three insiders shelled out CA$355k for shares in the company — and none sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 2.7% of Northern Dynasty Minerals shares, worth about CA$9.0m, according to our data. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.
So What Do The Northern Dynasty Minerals Insider Transactions Indicate?
It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Northern Dynasty Minerals stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Northern Dynasty Minerals, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting 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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