Trade Alert: The Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific Of Husky Energy Inc. (TSE:HSE), Robert Hinkel, Has Just Spent CA$325k Buying Shares

Potential Husky Energy Inc. (TSE:HSE) shareholders may wish to note that the Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific, Robert Hinkel, recently bought CA$325k worth of stock, paying CA$9.88 for each share. We reckon that’s a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 329.1%.

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Husky Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President Robert Peabody bought CA$494k worth of shares at a price of CA$14.14 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$9.63 (the recent price), 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. 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.

In the last twelve months insiders paid CA$1.5m for 119k shares purchased. Husky Energy insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. 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!

TSX:HSE Recent Insider Trading, August 6th 2019
TSX:HSE Recent Insider Trading, August 6th 2019

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. Husky Energy insiders own 29% of the company, currently worth about CA$2.8b based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Husky Energy Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Husky Energy. Looks promising! 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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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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