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Have Insiders Been Buying Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSE:PIF) Shares This Year?

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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 Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSE:PIF).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Polaris Infrastructure

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman & Lead Independent Director Jorge Bernhard bought CA$99k worth of shares at a price of CA$11.45 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of CA$11.75. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. Jorge Bernhard was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

Jorge Bernhard bought 16700 shares over the last 12 months at an average price of CA$11.13. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:PIF Recent Insider Trading, April 23rd 2019

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Does Polaris Infrastructure Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. From looking at our data, insiders own CA$4.9m worth of Polaris Infrastructure stock, about 2.6% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Polaris Infrastructure Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Polaris Infrastructure insiders are expecting a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Polaris Infrastructure.

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