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Insider Buying: The Po Valley Energy Limited (ASX:PVE) Non-Executive Director Just Bought 56% More Shares

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Po Valley Energy Limited (ASX:PVE) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Non-Executive Director, Kevin Bailey, recently bought a whopping AU$2.4m worth of stock, at a price of AU$0.028. That purchase boosted their holding by 56%, which makes us wonder if the move was inspired by quietly confident deeply-felt optimism.

View our latest analysis for Po Valley Energy

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Po Valley Energy

Notably, that recent purchase by Kevin Bailey is the biggest insider purchase of Po Valley Energy shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is AU$0.028. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. The good news for Po Valley Energy share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months Po Valley Energy insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Po Valley Energy insiders own 64% of the company, currently worth about AU$16m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Po Valley Energy Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Po Valley Energy insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. Looks promising! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. To help with this, we've discovered 5 warning signs (3 make us uncomfortable!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Po Valley Energy.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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