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Have Insiders Been Buying Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSE:PNE) 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 Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSE:PNE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 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 Pine Cliff Energy

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman of the Board George Fink bought CA$500k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.23 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being CA$0.14). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 10.9m shares worth CA$2.2m. But they sold 1.8m for CA$488k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Pine Cliff Energy insiders. The average buy price was around CA$0.20. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:PNE Recent Insider Trading, September 16th 2019

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Pine Cliff Energy Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There has been significantly more insider buying, than selling, at Pine Cliff Energy, over the last three months. Insiders spent CA$425k on shares. But we did see insider selling worth CA$14k. We think insiders may be optimistic about the future, since insiders have been net buyers of shares.

Does Pine Cliff Energy Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. Pine Cliff Energy insiders own about CA$9.9m worth of shares. That equates to 22% of the company. 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 Pine Cliff Energy Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Pine Cliff 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 Pine Cliff Energy.

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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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