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Need To Know: New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSE:BCI) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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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. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSE:BCI).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At New Look Vision Group

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising, France Reimnitz, for CA$236k worth of shares, at about CA$33.37 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of CA$33.00. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

In the last twelve months insiders netted CA$925k for 27731 shares sold. In the last year New Look Vision Group insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:BCI Recent Insider Trading, May 17th 2019

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New Look Vision Group Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw some New Look Vision Group insider selling. Insiders sold just CA$29k worth of shares in that time. It's not great to see insider selling, nor the lack of recent buyers. But the volume sold is so low that it really doesn't bother us.

Does New Look Vision Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that New Look Vision Group insiders own 9.3% of the company, worth about CA$48m. 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 New Look Vision Group Insiders?

While there has not been any insider buying in the last three months, there has been selling. But given the selling was modest, we're not worried. Recent insider selling makes us a little nervous, in light of the broader picture of New Look Vision Group insider transactions. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in New Look Vision Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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