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Need To Know: Mako Mining Corp. (CVE:MKO) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Mako Mining Corp. (CVE:MKO).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Mako Mining

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when CEO & Director Akiba Jacob Leisman bought CA$201k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.11 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of CA$0.23. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

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

TSXV:MKO Recent Insider Trading, December 12th 2019

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Does Mako Mining Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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. Our data suggests Mako Mining insiders own 2.3% of the company, worth about CA$3.2m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Do The Mako Mining Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Mako Mining insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Mako Mining insiders are doubting the company. 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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