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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Hello Pal International Inc. (CNSX:HP)?

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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. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Hello Pal International Inc. (CNSX:HP).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Hello Pal International

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Director, Sin Wong, for CA$120k worth of shares, at about CA$0.24 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of CA$0.06. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In the last twelve months insiders netted CA$208k for 850k shares sold. Hello Pal International insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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!

CNSX:HP Recent Insider Trading, May 23rd 2019

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Insider Ownership of Hello Pal International

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 21% of Hello Pal International shares, worth about CA$940k. 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 Hello Pal International Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Hello Pal International insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Still, the insider transactions at Hello Pal International in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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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