We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Hudbay Minerals Inc. (TSE:HBM).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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 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. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.
Hudbay Minerals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by insider Daniel Quintanilla for CA$447k worth of shares, at about CA$4.47 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$4.06 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 205.00k shares for CA$1.0m. But insiders sold 151600 shares worth CA$933k. In total, Hudbay Minerals insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around CA$5.10. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. 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!
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Insiders at Hudbay Minerals Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we've seen significantly more insider buying, than insider selling, at Hudbay Minerals. insider Thomas Claugus spent CA$178k on stock. On the other hand, insider Thomas Claugus netted CA$56k by selling. We think insiders may be optimistic about the future, since insiders have been net buyers of shares.
Insider Ownership of Hudbay Minerals
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. Our data indicates that Hudbay Minerals insiders own about CA$7.7m worth of shares (which is 0.7% of the company). Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.
So What Do The Hudbay Minerals Insider Transactions Indicate?
It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Hudbay Minerals insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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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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