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Have Insiders Been Selling Trisura Group Ltd. (TSE:TSU) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Trisura Group Ltd. (TSE:TSU).

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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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Trisura Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Gregory Ernest Morrison bought CA$255k worth of shares at a price of CA$25.50 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is CA$29.99. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the Trisura Group insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$376k for 14000 shares. But they sold 28900 for CA$813k. In total, Trisura Group insiders sold more than they bought 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!

TSX:TSU Recent Insider Trading, July 1st 2019

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Insiders at Trisura Group Have Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Trisura Group insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Specifically, Director Barton Hedges bought CA$121k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Does Trisura Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Trisura Group insiders own 7.1% of the company, worth about CA$14m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Trisura Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. On the other hand the transaction history, over the last year, isn't so positive. While recent transactions indicate confidence in Trisura Group, insiders don't own enough of the company to overcome our cautiousness about the longer term transactions. So they seem pretty well aligned, overall. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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