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Read This Before Selling Organto Foods Inc. (CVE:OGO) Shares

Alex Johannesen

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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 before you buy or sell Organto Foods Inc. (CVE:OGO), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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Organto Foods Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Interim Corporate Secretary Ralf Langner bought CA$127k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.063 per share. 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. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$631k for 8.72m shares. On the other hand they divested 1.59m shares, for CA$127k. In total, Organto Foods insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about CA$0.072 on average. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price of CA$0.075. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSXV:OGO Insider Trading February 14th 19

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Does Organto Foods 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Organto Foods insiders own about CA$2.1m worth of shares. That equates to 17% of the company. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Organto Foods Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Organto Foods insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. 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 Organto Foods insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.