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Need To Know: Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX:CCE) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX:CCE).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 Carnegie Clean Energy

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the insider, John Davidson, sold AU$248k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.004 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of AU$0.001. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. John Davidson was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

John Davidson divested 140934875 shares over the last 12 months at an average price of AU$0.0036. 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!

ASX:CCE Recent Insider Trading, November 4th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Carnegie Clean Energy

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 18% of Carnegie Clean Energy shares, worth about AU$3.0m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Carnegie Clean Energy Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Carnegie Clean Energy shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Carnegie Clean Energy in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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