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Have Insiders Been Buying Matador Resources Company (NYSE:MTDR) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Matador Resources Company (NYSE:MTDR).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Matador Resources

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Founder Joseph Foran for US$143k worth of shares, at about US$14.30 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$17.72. 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. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Matador Resources insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Matador Resources insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:MTDR Recent Insider Trading, December 24th 2019

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Insiders at Matador Resources Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Matador Resources insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$469k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Insider Ownership of Matador Resources

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. Matador Resources insiders own about US$101m worth of shares (which is 4.9% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Matador Resources Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Matador Resources insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. One for the watchlist, at least! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Matador Resources.

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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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