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How Many Insiders Sold Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE:SCCO) Shares?

Alex Johannesen

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE:SCCO).

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 Colombia 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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Southern Copper Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman of the Board Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco for US$15m worth of shares, at about US$39.51 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$30.59. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 373.20k shares for a total of US$15m. In total, Southern Copper insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$39.57, on average. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:SCCO Insider Trading January 2nd 19

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Does Southern Copper Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Southern Copper insiders own 0.5% of the company, currently worth about US$110m based on the recent share price. 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 Do The Southern Copper Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Southern Copper shares in the last quarter. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Southern Copper insiders selling. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Southern Copper.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.