A number of ASX directors bought themselves a Christmas present (in the form of stock), as buyers comfortably outweighed sellers over holiday break.

In addition, director buys were skewed heavily to resources and energy companies over the period.

All up, a total of 22 directors made trades of $100,000 or more — down from 30 in the fortnight before Christmas.

19 of those were for directors buying shares, while three transactions were for share sales.

Code Company Director Change Date Volume $ What
TIG Tigers Realm Coal Bruce Gray Buy 24 December 2,143,895,694 $17,151,166 Rights Issue
NIC Nickel Mines Mark Lochtenberg Buy 29 December 5,741,339 $5,396,859 Rights Issue
NIC Nickel Mines Peter Nightingale Buy 29 December 5,336,341 $5,016,161 Rights Issue
NIC Nickel Mines Weifeng Huang Buy 31 December 3,000,000 $3,240,000 Off market
NIC Nickel Mines Justin Werner Buy 29 December 1,063,830 $1,000,000 Rights Issue
ORE Orocobre Richard Seville Sell 31 December 208,656 $939,080 On market
HTG Harvest Technology Group Paul Guilfoyle Sell 5 January 2,000,000 $620,478 On and off market
MNS Magnis Energy Technologies James Dack Buy 30 December 2,941,176 $500,000 Placement
SNG Siren Gold Brian Rodan Buy 31 December 500,000 $367,231 On market
TBR Tribune Resources Anthony Billis Buy 24 December 60,000 $331,815 On market
ODY Odyssey Energy Levi Mochkin Buy 30 December 12,500,000 $312,500 Capital raising
GWR GWR Group Gary Lyons Buy 29 December 925,752 $287,869 On market
STX Strike Energy Neville Power Buy 6 January 1,000,000 $270,000 On market
ODY Odyssey Energy Ian Middlemas Buy 30 December 10,000,000 $250,000 Capital raising
ODY Odyssey Energy Matthew Syme Buy 30 December 10,000,000 $250,000 Capital raising
SEG Sports Entertainment Group Craig Coleman Buy 24 December 1,035,723 $233,037 On market
SUP Superior Lake Resources Grant Davey Buy 5 January 1,458,333 $175,000 Placement
SOR Strategic Elements Elliot Nicholls Sell 5 January 600,000 $143,342 On market
PLT Plenti Susan Forrester Buy 30 December 103,020 $122,521 On market
AAP Australian Agri Projects Paul Challis Buy 5 January 12,190,162 $121,902 Off market
AAP Australian Agri Projects Daniel Stefanetti Buy 5 January 12,190,162 $121,902 Off market
VKA Viking Mines Raymond Whitten Buy 23 December 11,481,574 $114,816 Rights Issue
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Tigers Realm Coal’s (ASX:TIG) Bruce Gray led the way on the buy-side, snapping up 2,143,895,694 shares at 0.8c a pop for a total consideration of $17,151,166..

The acquisition was made as part of the company’s $17.2m institutional share placement announced in December.

TIG is raising up to $30m to expand its Russian coal operation, from where it plans to ship finished product to customers in China, Japan and Korea.

Also buying up shares as part of a capital raising were a number of the directors in Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX:NIC).

The company completed a $275 million share placement to institutional investors at 94c per share, along with a retail entitlement offer which raised a further $64m.

Four NIC directors — Mark Lochtenberg, Peter Nightingale, Weifeng Huang and Justin Werner — all snapped up parcels of shares ranging from $1m (Werner) to $5.4m (Lochtenberg) as part of the company’s capital markets activity.

Switching to the sell-side, the largest seller was Orocobre (ASX:ORE) director Richard Seville, who unloaded 208,656 shares valued at $939,080 in an on-market sale on December 31.

Shares in the lithium miner have climbed from May lows of less then $2 to close last week at $5.

ORE shares closed on New Years Eve at $4.47, meaning the stock has added another 11.8 per cent since Seville sold up.