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Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY) insiders are undoubtedly delighted they bought last year with gains to date at CA$938k

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Insiders who bought Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY) stock lover the last 12 months are probably not as affected by last week’s 10% loss. Even after accounting for the recent loss, the CA$5.5m worth of stock purchased by them is now worth CA$6.4m or in other words, their investment continues to give good returns.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

View our latest analysis for Peyto Exploration & Development

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Peyto Exploration & Development

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Vice President of Production, Todd Burdick, sold CA$374k worth of shares at a price of CA$14.18 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is CA$11.95. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 537.89k shares for CA$5.5m. On the other hand they divested 87.33k shares, for CA$968k. In total, Peyto Exploration & Development insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about CA$10.21 on average. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, we do note that they were buying at significantly lower prices than today's share price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Peyto Exploration & Development Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significantly more insider buying, than insider selling, at Peyto Exploration & Development. Insiders spent CA$1.1m on shares. On the other hand, insiders netted CA$400k by selling. The buying outweighs the selling, which suggests that insiders may believe the company will do well in the future.

Insider Ownership of Peyto Exploration & Development

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 3.3% of Peyto Exploration & Development shares, worth about CA$67m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Peyto Exploration & Development Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Peyto Exploration & Development shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Peyto Exploration & Development. For instance, we've identified 5 warning signs for Peyto Exploration & Development (1 is concerning) you should be aware of.

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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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