We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Continental Gold Inc. (TSE:CNL).
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’
Continental Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Martín Carrizosa bought CA$220k worth of shares at a price of CA$3.25 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, 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. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 371.98k shares worth CA$1.1m. Overall, Continental Gold insiders were net buyers last year. They paid about CA$2.97 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of CA$2.67 attractive. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Continental Gold Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last quarter, Continental Gold insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$187k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
Insider Ownership of Continental Gold
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. From our data, it seems that Continental Gold insiders own 1.7% of the company, worth about CA$8.8m. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!
So What Does This Data Suggest About Continental Gold Insiders?
The recent insider purchases are 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. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we’d like to see, the history of transactions imply that Continental Gold insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. 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.
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