It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell High Liner Foods Incorporated (TSE:HLF), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At High Liner Foods
Director Robert Dexter made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$106k worth of shares at a price of CA$10.59 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 48.55k shares worth CA$402k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by High Liner Foods insiders. They paid about CA$8.27 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around CA$7.35). You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart 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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Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. High Liner Foods insiders own about CA$15m worth of shares. That equates to 6.2% 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 High Liner Foods Insiders?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in High Liner Foods and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in High Liner Foods, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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