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How Much Are Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated (TSE:CLR) Insiders Spending On Buying 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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated (TSE:CLR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Clearwater Seafoods

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Co-Founder & Chairman Colin MacDonald for CA$2.0m worth of shares, at about CA$5.06 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of CA$5.22. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. 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 Clearwater Seafoods insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 415k shares worth CA$2.1m. But they sold 406k for CA$2.0m. In total, Clearwater Seafoods insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:CLR Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019

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Insiders at Clearwater Seafoods Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Clearwater Seafoods insider buying shares in the last three months. Toni Jabbour purchased CA$26k worth of shares in that period. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Does Clearwater Seafoods 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. Insiders own 12% of Clearwater Seafoods shares, worth about CA$41m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Clearwater Seafoods Tell Us?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Clearwater Seafoods insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Clearwater Seafoods.

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