Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Yangarra Resources Ltd. (TSE:YGR)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Yangarra Resources Ltd. (TSE:YGR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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.’

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Yangarra Resources Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Independent Director Neil MacKenzie made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$967k worth of shares at a price of CA$5.41 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being CA$2.33). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 691k shares for a total of CA$2.9m. In the last twelve months Yangarra Resources insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about CA$4.25 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. 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!

TSX:YGR Recent Insider Trading, June 5th 2019
TSX:YGR Recent Insider Trading, June 5th 2019

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Insiders at Yangarra Resources Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at Yangarra Resources. Insiders shelled out CA$47k for shares in that time. It’s good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership of Yangarra Resources

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 12% of Yangarra Resources shares, worth about CA$23m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Yangarra Resources Tell Us?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). Overall the buying isn’t worth writing home about. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in Yangarra Resources and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Yangarra Resources, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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