High Liner Foods Incorporated (TSE:HLF) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in High Liner Foods Incorporated (TSE:HLF).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 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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High Liner Foods Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Chairman Robert Pace made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$130k worth of shares at a price of CA$7.20 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of CA$6.06. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 53.48k shares for CA$387k. But insiders sold 4250 shares worth CA$38k. In total, High Liner Foods insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. 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!

TSX:HLF Recent Insider Trading, March 21st 2020
TSX:HLF Recent Insider Trading, March 21st 2020

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

High Liner Foods Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, High Liner Foods insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought CA$387k worth of shares. That shows some optimism about the company’s future.

Does High Liner Foods Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 5.4% of High Liner Foods shares, worth about CA$11m, according to our data. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The High Liner Foods Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest High Liner Foods insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. While we like knowing what’s going on with the insider’s ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we’ve spotted with High Liner Foods (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant).

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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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