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Trade Alert: The CEO & Executive Director Of San Leon Energy plc (LON:SLE), Oisín Fanning, Has Just Spent US$21m Buying 1032% More Shares

Simply Wall St
·3 min read

Those following along with San Leon Energy plc (LON:SLE) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by Oisín Fanning, CEO & Executive Director of the company, who spent a stonking UK£21m on stock at an average price of UK£0.21. That purchase boosted their holding by 1032%, which makes us wonder if the move was inspired by quietly confident deeply-felt optimism.

Check out our latest analysis for San Leon Energy

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At San Leon Energy

In fact, the recent purchase by Oisín Fanning was the biggest purchase of San Leon Energy shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That implies that an insider found the current price of UK£0.24 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Oisín Fanning.

Oisín Fanning bought a total of 98.27m shares over the year at an average price of UK£0.21. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

AIM:SLE Recent Insider Trading May 14th 2020
AIM:SLE Recent Insider Trading May 14th 2020

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that San Leon Energy insiders own 24% of the company, worth about UK£26m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About San Leon Energy Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest San Leon Energy insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To help with this, we've discovered 4 warning signs (1 is concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in San Leon Energy.

Of course San Leon Energy may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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