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Read This Before Selling Bonterra Energy Corp. (TSE:BNE) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Bonterra Energy Corp. (TSE:BNE), 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 on the market. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Bonterra Energy

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman & CEO George Fink bought CA$491k worth of shares at a price of CA$12.15 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of CA$5.52. 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. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay 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.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 335k shares worth CA$2.4m. But they sold 7070 for CA$69k. In total, Bonterra Energy insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about CA$7.23. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:BNE Recent Insider Trading, June 10th 2019

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Bonterra Energy Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Bonterra Energy insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Specifically, George Fink bought CA$876k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Does Bonterra Energy 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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Bonterra Energy insiders own 22% of the company, worth about CA$40m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Bonterra Energy Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Bonterra Energy insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Bonterra Energy.

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