We can totally work from the beach. Pic: Getty

Maybe they’re reluctant to return from holiday after a rough end to 2018, but directors still haven’t really returned to trading yet this year.

There was the usual smattering of small trades including a couple by mining identity Michael Ruane who is now collecting stock in Empire Resources (ASX:ERL), in addition to his usual forays in Reward Minerals (ASX:RWD).

Mr Ruane served Empire with a “249D” notice to give shareholders the opportunity to vote out the four-director board, and they did in November.

Colourful Queenslander Lev Mizikovsky had about $1m to spend and boy, was he spending.

Three days after house builder Tamawood (ASX:TWD) blamed a “perfect storm” for another profit downgrade, the founder bought a large chunk of stock.

Mr Mizikovsky used the 6 per cent share price dumping to pick up $307,920 worth of stock for the rock bottom price of $3.57. He now has a 49 per cent stake.

It’s the sixth time he’s bought in since the end of November and was the only major mover on market trade last week.

If Tamawood was a bottom of the market buy, Advance Nanotek (ASX:ANO) would have been near the top — if he’d bought on market.

Mr Mizikovsky underwrote a capital raising and got the stock for 87c.

Last week Advance Nanotek said it had doubled half year profit to $1.25m, only to issue a correction and say actually it was $1.6m, sending the stock to record highs.

If he’d been able to sell those shares last week, Mr Mizikovsky would have made a cool $233, 484 profit.

The biggest numbers last week came out of Ikwezi Mining’s (ASX:IKW) capital raising.

A company associated with director Tushar Agrawal underwrote a recent capital raising, while another in which managing director David Pile also has a minor shareholding participated.

Only 34 per cent of the $6m cap raise was taken up so underwriter Finevest Investments, a UAE-registered company, took up the rest.

Along with shareholdings in three other associated companies, that means Mr Agrawal effectively has an interest in Ikwezi of 70.5 per cent

Mr Pile owns a stake in one of those three companies and it took up half of the cap raise, spending $1m.

Explaurum (ASX:EXU) directors vested their performance rights last week and while it didn’t cost them a dime, it was worth a pretty penny to each.

Each director was rewarded with $140,000 and upwards for their efforts in getting the company to where it is today — namely succumbing to a hostile takeover over by Ramelius Resources (ASX:RMS).

CodeCompanyDirectorChangeDateVolume$WhatTotal holdings controlled
IKWIkwezi MiningTushar AgrawalBuyJan 33bn6013680Capital raising3.8bn
IKWIkwezi MiningDavid PileBuyJan 3559m1009021Capital raising935m
PURPursuit MineralsPeter WallBuyJan 84m149999Capital raising4m
EXUExplaurumJeffrey LawtonBuyJan 92.4m352800Vest performance rights16m
EXUExplaurumStephen StroudBuyJan 91.3m189000Vest performance rights1.8m
EXUExplaurumChristopher BakerBuyJan 9948,000142200Vest performance rights2.4m
SO4Salt Lake PotashTony SwiericzukBuyJan 9952,381$400,000Capital raising952,381
TWDTamawoodLev MizikovskyBuyJan 1086,138307920On market12.5m
ANOAdvance NanotekLev MizikovskyBuyJan 9834,590726093Capital raising25.9m
EUREuropean LithiumMalcolm DayBuyJan 320m200000Converting options14.5m
LHMLand & Homes GroupChoon Keng KhoBuyJan 41.5m300000Bought convertible notes503m