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Have Insiders Been Buying Equitable Group Inc. (TSE:EQB) Shares?

Lester Strauss

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Equitable Group Inc. (TSE:EQB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Equitable Group

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Stephen Smith bought CA$1.7m worth of shares at a price of CA$55.66 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even if the share price has increased a bit since then.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 128.90k shares worth CA$7.1m. In total, Equitable Group insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around CA$54.86. Although they bought at below the recent price of CA$67.05 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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 Equitable Group

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. Equitable Group insiders own about CA$232m worth of shares (which is 21% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Equitable Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. It would be great to see more insider buying, but overall it seems like Equitable Group insiders are reasonably well aligned (owning significant chunk of the company’s shares) and optimistic for the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Equitable Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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