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Insiders who bought US$247k worth of Consolidated Zinc Limited (ASX:CZL) stock in the last year recovered part of their losses as the stock rose by 21% last week. However, the purchase is proving to be a costly gamble, since losses made by insiders have totalled US$2.8k since the time of purchase.
Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
Consolidated Zinc Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by insider Stephen Copulos for AU$200k worth of shares, at about AU$0.04 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of AU$0.041 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. 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 Consolidated Zinc insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Stephen Copulos was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months. We note that Stephen Copulos was both the biggest buyer and the biggest seller.
Stephen Copulos purchased 5.97m shares over the year. The average price per share was AU$0.041. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insider Ownership of Consolidated Zinc
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Consolidated Zinc insiders own 21% of the company, worth about AU$2.6m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Consolidated Zinc Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Consolidated Zinc shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders do have a stake in Consolidated Zinc and their transactions don't cause us concern. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. At Simply Wall St, we've found that Consolidated Zinc has 5 warning signs (3 shouldn't be ignored!) 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.
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