Directors’ Trades: Lots of multi-million dollar trades, but this $15m plunge took the cake
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The past fortnight saw one of the biggest collections of multi-million dollar directors’ trades in 2020.
The biggest trade was a $15 million purchase of shares in the $55 million rights issue of biotech PYC Therapeutics (ASX:PYC).
That trade was made by chairman Alan Tribe. His colleague Bernard Hockings chipped in $500,000.
PYC is fighting various eye disease with “Cell Penetrating Peptides”. Its lead program targets retinitis pigmentosa, which causes vision loss.
While this program is still at the pre-clinical stage it is hoping to get to human trials in the coming months.
Another big buyer was Benjamin Gisz of dental group Pacific Smiles (ASX:PSQ). Gisz is a representative of TDM Asset Management which bought $2.7 million more shares on market.
His colleague on Pacific Smiles’ board and at TDM, Hilton Brett, also chipped in $111,800. Their company is up 20 per cent in 12 months after falling during COVID-19 in which it was forced to wind back procedures.
Its net profit after tax fell 9.7 per cent, but was still in the black at $8.1m. And its patient fees generated $186.3m, only a 0.6 per cent decrease on FY19.
Rounding out the list was DGR Global’s (ASX:DGR) Nicholas Mather who bought nearly $1.9 million in a rights issue. DGR is in the resources sector but it operates as an investment and advisory company for other explorers.
A significant proportion of the remaining trades were from tech stocks. Just falling under $1 million was a $980,312 buy from Stephen Hagop Abolakian from the ASX’s only car subscription platform Collaborate (ASX:CL8) as part of a rights issue.
Both stocks have been high flying in 2020 and both are eyeing off further growth. In PointsBet’s case it is further expansion into the US whereas OpenPay is looking at sectors its BNPL peers haven’t entered just yet.
Meanwhile, one of the newer tech stocks on the ASX is furniture-focused ecommerce retail MyDeal (ASX:MYD). The stock has retreated since its impressive opening day but is still up from its IPO price.
MyDeal chair Paul Greenberg, who founded one time high-flying ecommerce retail DealsDirect, parted with $259,200 cash for MyDeal shares.
Buying in a dividend reinvestment plan was Stephen Smith of Brisbane-based aeroplane part maker PTB Group (ASX:PTB). Smith snapped up $142,025 in shares.
The latter trade happened after the conversion of performance rights.