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 CAE Inc. (TSE:CAE).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At CAE
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Group President of Civil Aviation Training Solutions, Nick Leontidis, for CA$759k worth of shares, at about CA$34.31 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of CA$38.71, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 26% of Nick Leontidis's holding.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 59.23k shares worth CA$1.9m. But insiders sold 33125 shares worth CA$1.1m. Overall, CAE insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about CA$32.02. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price. 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!
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Insiders at CAE Have Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that CAE insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Specifically, President Marc Parent bought CA$647k 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 CAE Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that CAE insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about CA$18m. 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 Do The CAE Insider Transactions Indicate?
It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of CAE we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in CAE, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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