Did Mount Gibson Iron Limited (ASX:MGX) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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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 before you buy or sell Mount Gibson Iron Limited (ASX:MGX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Mount Gibson Iron Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Independent Non-Executive Director, Alan Jones, for AU$117k worth of shares, at about AU$1.17 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of AU$1.15. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive). The only individual insider seller over the last year was Alan Jones.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 524k shares for AU$248k. But insiders sold 100k shares worth AU$117k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Mount Gibson Iron insiders. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:MGX Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019

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Insiders at Mount Gibson Iron Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Mount Gibson Iron shares. Specifically, Independent Non-Executive Director Alan Jones ditched AU$117k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Mount Gibson Iron

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. 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 indicates that Mount Gibson Iron insiders own about AU$14m worth of shares (which is 1.0% of the company). We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The Mount Gibson Iron Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. On the other hand, the insider transactions over the last year are encouraging. And insiders do own shares. So we're happy enough to look past some selling. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Mount Gibson Iron.

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