Last week, Harbour Energy plc (LON:HBR) insiders, who had purchased shares in the previous 12 months were rewarded handsomely. The shares increased by 7.5% last week, resulting in a UK£267m increase in the company's market worth. In other words, the original US$530k purchase is now worth US$638k.
Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Harbour Energy
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President & CEO of Europe and Director Phil Kirk bought UK£328k worth of shares at a price of UK£3.28 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (UK£4.14), 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.
While Harbour Energy insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Harbour Energy Insiders Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that Harbour Energy insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought UK£170k worth of shares. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.
Does Harbour Energy Boast High Insider Ownership?
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Harbour Energy insiders own 1.7% of the company, worth about UK£64m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Harbour Energy Insiders?
It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in Harbour Energy shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Harbour Energy, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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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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