Top Buys by Top Brass: Exec. Chairman of the Board Walker's $1.9M Bet on EVEP

A company's own top management tend to have the best inside view into the business, so when company officers make major buys, investors are wise to take notice. Presumably the only reason an insider would take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock of their company 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 the ''top brass'' over the trailing six month period, one of which was a total of $1.9M by John B. Walker, Exec. Chairman of the Board at EV Energy Partners LP (EVEP).

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Walker bets big on EVEP:
Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
12/12/2014 John B. Walker Exec. Chairman of the Board 80,000 $23.20 $1,856,077.30

Walker's average cost works out to $23.20/share. In trading on Monday, bargain hunters could buy shares of EV Energy Partners LP ( EVEP) and achieve a cost basis lower than Walker, with shares changing hands as low as $22.33 per share. Shares of EV Energy Partners LP were changing hands at $22.35 at last check, trading off about 6.2% on Monday. The chart below shows the one year performance of EVEP shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

EV Energy Partners LP Chart

Looking at the chart above, EVEP's low point in its 52 week range is $22.18 per share, with $41.97 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $22.35.

The current annualized dividend paid by EV Energy Partners LP is $3.096/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 11/05/2014. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for EVEP, which can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend with approx. 13.0% annualized yield is likely to continue.

EVEP+Dividend+History+Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, EVEP makes up 4.67% of the Junior MLP ETF ( MLPJ) which is trading lower by about 3.8% on the day Monday.

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