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Read This Before Selling Finning International Inc. (TSE:FTT) Shares

Jason Fuller

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Finning International Inc. (TSE:FTT).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Finning International

Chairman Harold Kvisle made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$120k worth of shares at a price of CA$24.05 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. 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. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 9.40k shares worth CA$238k. On the other hand they divested 2.44k shares, for CA$83k. Overall, Finning International insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about CA$25.31. Although they bought at below the recent price of CA$25.33 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:FTT Insider Trading February 8th 19

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Insiders at Finning International Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Finning International. Harold Kvisle spent CA$175k on stock, and there wasn’t any selling. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership of Finning International

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 Finning International insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about CA$19m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Finning International Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Finning International 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 Finning International, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.