Have Insiders Been Buying Metallica Minerals Limited (ASX:MLM) Shares?

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 Metallica Minerals Limited (ASX:MLM).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Metallica Minerals

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by insider Grant Dostal for AU$124k worth of shares, at about AU$0.03 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of AU$0.034. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn’t tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Metallica Minerals insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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Insiders at Metallica Minerals Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Metallica Minerals insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Specifically, insider Grant Dostal bought AU$124k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of Metallica Minerals

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that Metallica Minerals insiders own about AU$1.3m worth of shares (which is 6.4% of the company). However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Metallica Minerals Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Metallica Minerals insiders are expecting a bright future. So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. At Simply Wall St, we’ve found that Metallica Minerals has 4 warning signs (2 are concerning!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

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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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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