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Insider Buying: The Beach Energy Limited (ASX:BPT) Non Executive Director Just Bought 26% More Shares

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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Richard Richards, the Non Executive Director of Beach Energy Limited (ASX:BPT) recently shelled out AU$120k to buy stock, at AU$1.20 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 26%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Beach Energy

Notably, that recent purchase by Non Executive Director Richard Richards was not the only time they bought Beach Energy shares this year. Earlier in the year, they paid AU$1.28 per share in a AU$256k purchase. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being AU$1.19). 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 our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Beach Energy insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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Insider Ownership of Beach Energy

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. 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 Beach Energy insiders own 1.2% of the company, worth about AU$33m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Beach Energy Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Beach Energy 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. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with Beach Energy and understanding this should be part of your investment process.

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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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