The CEO & Director of Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX), Douglas Dietrich, Just Bought 2% More Shares

Even if it’s not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Douglas Dietrich, the CEO & Director of Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX) recently shelled out US$72k to buy stock, at US$47.99 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 2%, and it wasn’t a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Minerals Technologies

Notably, that recent purchase by Douglas Dietrich is the biggest insider purchase of Minerals Technologies shares that we’ve seen in the last year. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$48.82. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. 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. Happily, the Minerals Technologies insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$107k for 2100 shares purchased. Minerals Technologies insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:MTX Recent Insider Trading, September 5th 2019
NYSE:MTX Recent Insider Trading, September 5th 2019

Does Minerals Technologies Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Minerals Technologies insiders own 1.0% of the company, worth about US$17m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Minerals Technologies Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Minerals Technologies shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Minerals Technologies.

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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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