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The Director of Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE:KOS), Steven Sterin, Just Bought 203% More Shares

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Investors who take an interest in Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE:KOS) should definitely note that the Director, Steven Sterin, recently paid US$2.10 per share to buy US$105k worth of the stock. That certainly has us anticipating the best, especially since they thusly increased their own holding by 203%, potentially signalling some real optimism.

Check out our latest analysis for Kosmos Energy

Kosmos Energy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Steven Sterin was the biggest purchase of Kosmos Energy shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$0.80. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock when an insider has bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. Steven Sterin was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

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!

NYSE:KOS Recent Insider Trading, March 10th 2020
NYSE:KOS Recent Insider Trading, March 10th 2020

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership of Kosmos Energy

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Kosmos Energy insiders own 4.2% of the company, worth about US$14m. 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 Kosmos Energy Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Kosmos Energy we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Kosmos Energy you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit concerning.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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