Have Insiders Been Buying Chakana Copper Corp. (CVE:PERU) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Chakana Copper Corp. (CVE:PERU).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Chakana Copper Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Thomas Wharton bought CA$69k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.10 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of CA$0.24. 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.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 1.2m shares worth CA$167k. But insiders sold 106k shares worth CA$32k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Chakana Copper insiders. The average buy price was around CA$0.14. We don’t deny that it is nice to see insiders buying stock in the company. However, you should keep in mind that they bought when the share price was meaningfully below today’s levels. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSXV:PERU Recent Insider Trading, August 13th 2019
TSXV:PERU Recent Insider Trading, August 13th 2019

Are Chakana Copper Insiders Buying Or Selling?

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at Chakana Copper. Insiders purchased CA$12k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no 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

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Chakana Copper insiders own 16% of the company, worth about CA$3.8m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Chakana Copper Insiders?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Chakana Copper and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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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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