How many times have we heard the saying "Bet on the jockey not the horse"? This can be easier said than done with the requirement to do extensive due diligence on the jockey and still face execution risk. Yet with factual data at our finger tips, many times distractions draw our attention away from one of the easiest measures of a potentially undervalued situation. What do the officers and directors of that company think of their equity investment opportunity and are they willing to do anything about it? How much equity do insiders own? Has management been purchasing shares?
A long time ago a mentor of mine told me, investors sell stock for many reasons, but only buy stock for one, to make money. And we have to assume if insiders are buying, they not only want to make money but feel especially strongly about the future of their company.
Below are three companies in the heavy rare earth metal and mining space that recently have enjoyed insider buying and I believe are worth investors consideration for a buying opportunity.
Gold Resource Corporation (GORO) is a mining company that pursues and produces gold and silver projects in Mexico. For the most recent third quarter, GORO generated $36.5 million in revenue, $23.8 million in gross profit and net income of $7.3 million. As of September 30, 2012 the company had approximately $36.2 million in cash and cash equivalents or $0.69/share. The stock has seen its share of volatility recently which is well documented in a separate Seeking Alpha piece which you can find here.
Mr. William Reid, Chairman and CEO, purchased 6,188 shares on November 21, 2012 and currently owns 2,745,669 shares or 5.1% of the company. Mr. Reid previously co-founded and served as CEO of US Gold Corp. (USGL) from 1977 to 2005 where he helped build six producing mines.
Texas Rare Earth Resources (OTC:TRER) is a mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties primarily from their 950 acre Round Top lease located in Hudspeth County, Texas. An initial independent assessment detailed an estimated over 1 billion metric tonnes of measured, indicated and inferred resources containing 531 grams per tonne or over 1 billion pounds of rare earth metals including uranium contained at this location.
The company recently issued a detailed release highlighting that the company and insiders have recently purchased over 1.5 million shares or over 4% of the common shares outstanding. The company along with three directors recently purchased 1,000,000 shares, and separately directors earlier purchased another 559,025 shares at an average price of $0.384/share. Chairman, John Tumazos, is the beneficial owner of approximately 2.3 million shares consisting of 1.8 million common shares, 149,000 warrants and 369,446 options or 6.2% of the company.
The company's current game plan is to work towards monetizing their assets starting this year. In a recent announcement, the next phase in the monetization process was initiated with the air quality baseline study so that permitting can move forward on the property which could make it more attractive for strategic alternatives. The company has sufficient capital to move forward with this strategy through 2014.
Revett Minerals' (RVM) principal assets consist of a 100% interest in a Troy silver and copper mine in northwest Montana and a 100% interest in the undeveloped Rock Creek silver copper development project also located in northwest Montana. Recently, the company issued a release providing shareholders with an update on the monitoring activities at its Troy Mine. Data collected over the past two weeks suggests that conditions at Troy have stabilized and management believes that it will be back to production quickly after conducting all safety measures.
Mr. Timothy Lindsey, Chairman, purchased 20,994 shares on November 21, 2012 and December 3, 2012 and currently owns 494,601 shares or 1.4% of the company. Additionally, Mr. John Shanahan, President and CEO, purchased 10,000 shares on September 11, 2012 and currently holds 411,482 shares or 1.1% of the company.