Trade Alert: Stephen Copulos At Consolidated Zinc Limited (ASX:CZL), Has Just Spent US$122k Buying 5.9% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that Stephen Copulos, who is a company insider, recently bought AU$122k worth of stock, for AU$0.041 per share. However, it only increased their shares held by 5.9%, and it wasn’t a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

Check out our latest analysis for Consolidated Zinc

Consolidated Zinc Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by insider Stephen Copulos was not their only acquisition of Consolidated Zinc shares this year. They previously made an even bigger purchase of AU$200k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.04 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$0.029. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock when an insider has bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. Stephen Copulos was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Stephen Copulos bought a total of 10.96m shares over the year at an average price of AU$0.04. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 19% of Consolidated Zinc shares, worth about AU$1.9m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Consolidated Zinc Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in Consolidated Zinc shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. For instance, we’ve identified 4 warning signs for Consolidated Zinc (2 are concerning) you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting 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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