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Have Insiders Been Buying Griffin Mining Limited (LON:GFM) Shares?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Griffin Mining Limited (LON:GFM), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Griffin Mining Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Adam Usdan for UK£53k worth of shares, at about UK£0.88 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price 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. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price. Adam Usdan was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Adam Usdan purchased 250.00k shares over the year. The average price per share was UK£0.93. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

AIM:GFM Recent Insider Trading, March 12th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Griffin Mining insiders own about UK£40m worth of shares. That equates to 22% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Griffin Mining Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Griffin Mining and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Griffin Mining, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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