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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:

  1. The stock is purchased by three or more insiders within one month.
  2. The stock is sold by no insiders in the month of intensive purchasing.
  3. At least two purchasers increased their holdings by more than 10%.

Teranga Gold Corporation (OTC:TGCDF) engages in the exploration, development, and production of gold in West Africa.

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Insider buying during the last 30 days

Here is a table of Teranga's insider-trading activity during the last 30 days by insider.

NameTitleTrade DateShares PurchasedCurrent OwnershipIncrease In Shares
Alan HillExecutive ChairmanDec 17500,0001,195,000 shares+71.9%
David SavarieVPDec 1739,00079,000 shares+97.5%
Katherine SiposVPDec 1825,000135,000 shares+22.7%

There have been 564,000 shares purchased by insiders during the last 30 days.

Insider buying by calendar month

Here is a table of Teranga's insider-trading activity by calendar month.

MonthInsider buying / sharesInsider selling / shares
December 2013564,0000
November 201300
October 201300
September 201340,0000
August 201300
July 201300
June 201300
May 201300
April 201300
March 201300
February 201310,0000
January 201300

There have been 614,000 shares purchased and there have been zero shares sold by insiders this year. The month of December has seen the most insider buying.


Teranga reported the third-quarter financial results on November 6 with the following highlights:

Revenue$50.6 million
Net loss$0.4 million
Cash$36.2 million
Debt$76.4 million
Production36,874 ounces
Total cash costs$748 per ounce
All-in sustaining costs$1,289 per ounce

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(Source: November presentation)


Teranga's 2013 full-year guidance is as follows:

Production190,000-210,000 ounces
Total cash costs$650-$700 per ounce
All-in sustaining costs$1,000-$1,100 per ounce

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(Source: November presentation)

Teranga's 2014-2016 guidance (without OJVG) is as follows:

Production210,000-240,000 ounces per annum
All-in sustaining cash costs~$1,000 per ounce
Free cash flow$150-$200 million

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(Source: November presentation)


On December 12, Teranga and Franco-Nevada (NYSE:FNV) announced that they have agreed to enter into a $135 million stream transaction that has allowed Teranga to enter into definitive share purchase agreements with Bendon International Ltd. and Badr Investment & Finance Company to acquire the balance of the OJVG that Teranga does not already own and to retire $30 million of Teranga's $60 million debt facility with Macquarie Bank Limited.

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(Source: December presentation)

Upcoming milestones

Teranga's upcoming milestones include the following:

Combined mine planQ1/2014
File 43-101 technical report on a combined basisQ1/2014

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(Source: December presentation)


Teranga's competitors in Africa include Banro (NYSEMKT:BAA), and Golden Star Resources (NYSEMKT:GSS). Here is a table comparing these companies.

Market Cap:139.86M108.66M102.06M
Qtrly Rev Growth (yoy):-0.522.12-0.12
Gross Margin:N/A0.450.18
Operating Margin:0.360.10-0.03
Net Income:93.29M5.42M-119.66M
PEG (5 yr expected):N/AN/A-0.33

Teranga has the lowest P/E ratio among these three companies.

Here is a table of these competitors' insider-trading activities this year.

CompanyInsider buying / sharesInsider selling / shares

Only Teranga has seen intensive insider buying during the last 30 days.


There have been three different insiders buying Teranga and there have not been any insiders selling Teranga during the last 30 days. All three of these insiders increased their holdings by more than 10%.

Teranga is trading at a P/E ratio of 1.30 and the company has a book value of $1.52 per share. I believe the stock could be a good pick below the book value based on the intensive insider buying.

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(Source: December presentation)

Disclosure: I am long BAA, GSS. 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.

Source: Teranga Gold: 3 Different Insiders Have Purchased Shares This Month