Bradford Whitehurst, a director at USA Compression Partners LP (USAC), recently bought 3,500 shares. The buy represents an initial stake for the director, and came to a total purchase price of just under $52,000.
This marks the first insider buy at the company since January, when a company director as well as the President and a Vice President picked up shares. There was also an insider sale in late 2020, otherwise, company insiders haven’t been too active.
Overall, company insiders own 48.6 percent of shares.
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The provider of compression and other services to the oil and natural gas industry has slightly underperformed the S&P 500 in the past year, at least before accounting for the company’s 13.6 percent dividend yield.
While earnings have been down over the past year and revenue has been flat, the energy industry’s growth could change that to big gains in the quarters ahead.
Action to take: As an LP paying out a massive dividend, this is a perfect play for shareholders to simply buy and hold. The dividend is sufficiently large enough that even small capital gains could provide big returns.
For traders, shares have been coming down since a peak in late October as the weather has been unseasonably warm. It’s still early in the season, however. The March $17.50 calls, last going for about $0.10, are inexpensive enough for triple-digit returns on a rally in shares on colder winter weather.
Disclosure: The author of this article has no position in the company mentioned here, but may trade after the next 72 hours. The author receives no compensation from any of the companies mentioned in this article.