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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in TriStar Gold, Inc. (CVE:TSG).
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 on the market. 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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At TriStar Gold
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the President, Nicholas Appleyard, for CA$200k worth of shares, at about CA$0.20 per share. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (CA$0.14). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Nicholas Appleyard was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months. Notably Nicholas Appleyard was also the biggest buyer, having purchased CA$207k worth of shares.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$207k for 1.1m shares. But they sold 1.0m for CA$200k. In total, TriStar Gold insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. 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!
TriStar Gold is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
Insider Ownership of TriStar Gold
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. From our data, it seems that TriStar Gold insiders own 8.1% of the company, worth about CA$2.0m. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!
What Might The Insider Transactions At TriStar Gold Tell Us?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more TriStar Gold stock. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.
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