Have Insiders Been Buying Altius Minerals Corporation (TSE:ALS) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Altius Minerals Corporation (TSE:ALS).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Altius Minerals

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Financial Officer, Ben Lewis, sold CA$322k worth of shares at a price of CA$12.95 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of CA$11.93. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive). Ben Lewis was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$452k for 40696 shares. On the other hand they divested 24864 shares, for CA$322k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Altius Minerals insiders. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:ALS Recent Insider Trading, June 18th 2019
TSX:ALS Recent Insider Trading, June 18th 2019

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).

Insiders at Altius Minerals Have Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Altius Minerals insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Overall, four insiders shelled out CA$86k for shares in the company — and none sold. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does Altius Minerals Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Altius Minerals insiders own about CA$30m worth of shares. That equates to 5.9% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Altius Minerals Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Altius Minerals 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 Altius Minerals.

But note: Altius Minerals 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.

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