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Have Insiders Been Selling Sierra Metals Inc. (TSE:SMT) Shares This Year?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sierra Metals Inc. (TSE:SMT).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Sierra Metals

The , Philip Renaud, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$785k worth of shares at a price of CA$2.62 each. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of CA$1.65. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Philip Renaud was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$13k for 5200 shares. But they sold 311k for CA$816k. Philip Renaud sold a total of 311k shares over the year at an average price of US$2.63. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:SMT Recent Insider Trading, July 19th 2019

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Insider Ownership

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. Sierra Metals insiders own about CA$17m worth of shares. That equates to 6.4% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Sierra Metals Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. Our analysis of Sierra Metals insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Sierra Metals, 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.

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