The directors of a company tend to have a unique inside view into the business, so when directors make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason a director of a company would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money - maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So in this series we look at the largest insider buys by company directors over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $176K by John L. Walsh, Vice Chairman at AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (Symbol: APU).
John L. Walsh
Walsh's average cost works out to $35.20/share. In trading on Monday, bargain hunters could buy shares of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (Symbol: APU) and achieve a cost basis lower than Walsh, with shares changing hands as low as $32.04 per share. Shares of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. were changing hands at $32.97 at last check, trading up about 1.9% on Monday. The chart below shows the one year performance of APU shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, APU's low point in its 52 week range is $30.80 per share, with $52.72 as the 52 week high point - that compares with a last trade of $32.97.
The current annualized dividend paid by AmeriGas Partners, L.P. is $3.68/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 11/06/2015. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for APU, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 11.4% annualized yield is likely to continue.
According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, APU makes up 1.31% of the First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund ETF (Symbol: EMLP) which is trading lower by about 1.1% on the day Monday.