Beach Energy Limited (ASX:BPT) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell Beach Energy Limited (ASX:BPT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Beach Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Non Executive Director Richard Richards made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$74k worth of shares at a price of AU$1.48 each. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly lower prices. The purchase might not be the best indicator of confidence in the current valuation.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 191.78k shares worth AU$273k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Beach Energy insiders. The average buy price was around AU$1.42. 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 a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:BPT Recent Insider Trading, February 21st 2019
ASX:BPT Recent Insider Trading, February 21st 2019

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Beach Energy Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Beach Energy insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. In total, insiders bought AU$140k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of Beach Energy

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Beach Energy insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about AU$16m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Beach Energy Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Beach Energy insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Beach Energy.

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