Insiders who bought CA$234k worth of Pennine Petroleum Corporation (CVE:PNN) stock in the last year have seen some of their losses recouped as the stock gained 67% last week. However, the purchase is proving to be an expensive wager as insiders are yet to get ahead of their losses which currently stand at CA$39k since the time of purchase.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Pennine Petroleum
In fact, the recent purchase by Raymond Gertz was the biggest purchase of Pennine Petroleum shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$0.025 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.
Pennine Petroleum insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and 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!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Pennine Petroleum Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Pennine Petroleum. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought CA$234k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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. Insiders own 25% of Pennine Petroleum shares, worth about CA$1.2m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Pennine Petroleum Tell Us?
It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Insiders likely see value in Pennine Petroleum shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To help with this, we've discovered 6 warning signs (5 are concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Pennine Petroleum.
But note: Pennine Petroleum may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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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