How Many Insiders Bought Condor Petroleum Inc. (TSE:CPI) Shares?

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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Condor Petroleum Inc. (TSE:CPI).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Condor Petroleum

Robert Disbrow made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$99k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.58 each. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. It’s not at all bad to see insiders buy shares at or above current prices.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 1.23m shares worth CA$607k. In total, Condor Petroleum insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about CA$0.49 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around CA$0.15). You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:CPI Insider Trading December 26th 18
TSX:CPI Insider Trading December 26th 18

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Condor Petroleum Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at Condor Petroleum. Insiders bought CA$50k worth of shares in that time. It’s great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Does Condor Petroleum Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It’s great to see that Condor Petroleum insiders own 24% of the company, worth about CA$1.6m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Condor Petroleum 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. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Condor Petroleum insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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