Quite a few insiders have dramatically grown their holdings in Fortis Inc. (TSE:FTS) over the past 12 months. An insider's optimism about the company's prospects is a positive sign.
Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
Fortis Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The President David Hutchens made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$1.0m worth of shares at a price of CA$50.80 each. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of CA$58.60. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.
Fortis insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insider Ownership of Fortis
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Fortis insiders own about CA$34m worth of shares. That equates to 0.1% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Fortis Insiders?
There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in Fortis and their transactions don't cause us concern. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Fortis. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Fortis.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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