It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. (TSE:GDI).
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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.
GDI Integrated Facility Services Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Chief Operating Officer of Janitorial USA, Ahmed Boomrod, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$278k worth of shares at a price of CA$35.69 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of CA$32.61. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Ahmed Boomrod.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders at GDI Integrated Facility Services Have Sold Stock Recently
The last three months saw significant insider selling at GDI Integrated Facility Services. In total, Chief Operating Officer of Janitorial USA Ahmed Boomrod sold CA$278k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.
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 GDI Integrated Facility Services insiders own 18% of the company, worth about CA$127m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
What Might The Insider Transactions At GDI Integrated Facility Services Tell Us?
An insider hasn’t bought GDI Integrated Facility Services stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in GDI Integrated Facility Services, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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