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Who Has Been Buying Golden Star Resources Ltd. (TSE:GSC) Shares?

Julian Fleming

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 before you buy or sell Golden Star Resources Ltd. (TSE:GSC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Golden Star Resources

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Samuel Coetzer for CA$72k worth of shares, at about CA$4.27 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 81.53k shares worth CA$353k. In total, Golden Star Resources insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about CA$4.33 on average. Although they bought at below the recent price of CA$4.95 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:GSC Insider Trading January 31st 19

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Golden Star Resources Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Golden Star Resources insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Overall, 2 insiders shelled out US$135k for shares in the company — and none sold. That shows some optimism about the company’s future.

Does Golden Star Resources 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Golden Star Resources insiders own 31% of the company, currently worth about CA$166m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Golden Star Resources Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Golden Star Resources. Looks promising! 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.