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Have Insiders Been Buying Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSE:MDI) Shares This Year?

Andy Nguyen

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSE:MDI).

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Major Drilling Group International

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Edward Breiner for CA$95k worth of shares, at about CA$4.76 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 69.14k shares for CA$360k. On the other hand they divested 1.70k shares, for CA$11k. Overall, Major Drilling Group International insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about CA$5.21. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of CA$4.69 attractive. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:MDI Insider Trading January 30th 19

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Insiders at Major Drilling Group International Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Major Drilling Group International. In total, insiders bought CA$102k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Does Major Drilling Group International Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. Based on our data, Major Drilling Group International insiders have about 0.8% of the stock, worth approximately CA$2.9m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Do The Major Drilling Group International Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Major Drilling Group International stock. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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