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Have Insiders Been Selling National Access Cannabis Corp. (CVE:META) Shares?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in National Access Cannabis Corp. (CVE:META).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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'.

See our latest analysis for National Access Cannabis

National Access Cannabis Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Derek Ogden, sold CA$178k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.95 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is CA$0.52. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 290k shares for a total of CA$259k. National Access Cannabis insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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!

TSXV:META Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019
TSXV:META Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019

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National Access Cannabis Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at National Access Cannabis. Specifically, Michael Best ditched CA$81k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that National Access Cannabis insiders own 8.5% of the company, worth about CA$8.4m. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

So What Does This Data Suggest About National Access Cannabis Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. When you combine this with the relatively low insider ownership, we are very cautious about the stock. We'd certainly think twice before buying! To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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