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In this article, I will feature one gold miner that has seen intensive insider buying during the last 30 days. Intensive insider buying can be defined by the following three criteria:
- The stock is purchased by three or more insiders within one month.
- The stock is sold by no insiders in the month of intensive purchasing.
- At least two purchasers increased their holdings by more than 10%.
Timmins Gold (NYSEMKT:TGD) engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of mineral resource properties in Mexico.
Insider buying during the last 30 days
Here is a table of Timmins Gold's insider-trading activity during the last 30 days by insider.
|Name||Title||Trade Date||Shares Purchased||Current Ownership||Increase In Shares|
|Arturo Bonillas||President||Nov 7-22||134,400||2,619,200 shares||+5.4%|
|Leslie Kapusianyk||Senior Officer||Nov 7||2,500||34,000 shares||+7.9%|
|Darren Prins||CFO||Nov 7||3,500||3,500 shares||from 0 to 3,500|
|Jose Vizquerra||Director||Nov 29||4,000||4,000 shares||from 0 to 4,000|
There have been 144,400 shares purchased by insiders during the last 30 days.
Insider buying by calendar month
Here is a table of Timmins Gold's insider-trading activity by calendar month.
|Month||Insider buying / shares||Insider selling / shares|
There have been 144,400 shares purchased and there have been 150,000 shares sold by insiders this year. The month of November has seen all of the insider buying.
Timmins Gold reported the third-quarter financial results on October 29 with the following highlights:
|Net income||$4.8 million|
|Gold production||29,139 ounces|
|Cash cost||$738 per ounce|
|All-in sustaining cash cost||$898 per ounce|
Timmins Gold's immediate growth strategy is to produce 118,000 ounces (previously 125,000 - 130,000) during 2013 and to achieve 2013 cash cost guidance of $700 - $750 per ounce.
Timmins Gold's competitors include Brigus Gold (BRD), and Lake Shore Gold (NYSEMKT:LSG). Here is a table comparing these companies.
Timmins Gold has the second-lowest P/S ratio among these three companies.
Here is a table of these competitors' insider-trading activities this year.
|Company||Insider buying / shares||Insider selling / shares|
Only Timmins Gold has seen intensive insider buying during the last 30 days.
There have been four different insiders buying Timmins Gold and there have not been any insiders selling Timmins Gold during the last 30 days. Two of these four insiders increased their holdings by more than 10%. Timmins Gold has an insider ownership of 4%.
There are six analyst buy ratings, zero neutral ratings, and zero sell ratings with an average price target of $2.72. Timmins Gold's San Francisco Gold Mine has a pre-tax Net Present Value at a 5% discount rate of $381 million at a constant gold price of $1,350/oz.
Timmins Gold is trading at a P/E ratio of 4.90 and a forward P/E ratio of 7.71. The company has a book value of $1.17 per share. I believe the stock could be a good pick below the book value based on the intensive insider buying.
Disclosure: I am long BRD, LSG. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.