Who Has Been Selling Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (TSE:SSL) 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 Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (TSE:SSL).

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Colombia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Sandstorm Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Co-founder Nolan Watson sold CA$3.7m worth of shares at a price of CA$6.55 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of CA$6.23. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price. Notably Nolan Watson was also the biggest buyer, having purchased CA$258k worth of shares.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Sandstorm Gold shares, than buying. The average sell price was around US$6.21. We don’t gain confidence from insider selling below the recent share price. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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

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Does Sandstorm Gold Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Sandstorm Gold insiders own 1.7% of the company, currently worth about CA$19m 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.

So What Do The Sandstorm Gold Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Sandstorm Gold shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Sandstorm Gold insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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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