Insiders who bought Orezone Gold Corporation (CVE:ORE) in the last 12 months may probably not pay attention to the stock's recent 10% drop. Even after accounting for the recent loss, the US$757k worth of stock purchased by them is now worth US$861k or in other words, their investment continues to give good returns.
Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.
Orezone Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Independent Chairman of the Board Michael Halvorson made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$304k worth of shares at a price of CA$1.02 each. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (CA$1.23), we still think insider buying is a positive. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.
Orezone Gold insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders at Orezone Gold Have Bought Stock Recently
There was some insider buying at Orezone Gold over the last quarter. Insiders bought CA$48k worth of shares in that time. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn't enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.
Insider Ownership of Orezone Gold
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 4.5% of Orezone Gold shares, worth about CA$18m. 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 Orezone Gold Insider Transactions Indicate?
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. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders do have a stake in Orezone Gold and their transactions don't cause us concern. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To help with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs (1 is concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Orezone Gold.
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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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