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 before you buy or sell Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (TSE:FVI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Fortuna Silver Mines
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Jorge A. Ganoza Durant for CA$589k worth of shares, at about CA$3.55 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of CA$4.36 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Fortuna Silver Mines insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.
While Fortuna Silver Mines insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. 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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I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data suggests Fortuna Silver Mines insiders own 0.9% of the company, worth about CA$6.3m. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Fortuna Silver Mines Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Fortuna Silver Mines shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. The transactions are fine but it'd be more encouraging if Fortuna Silver Mines insiders bought more shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Fortuna Silver Mines.
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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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