Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Canada Cobalt Works Inc. (CVE:CCW)?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Canada Cobalt Works Inc. (CVE:CCW).

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, 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 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Canada Cobalt Works

President Frank Basa made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$72k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.35 each. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of CA$0.64. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn’t tell us much about whether insiders might find today’s price attractive.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSXV:CCW Recent Insider Trading, December 31st 2019
TSXV:CCW Recent Insider Trading, December 31st 2019

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).

Insider Ownership of Canada Cobalt Works

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From looking at our data, insiders own CA$629k worth of Canada Cobalt Works stock, about 1.1% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Canada Cobalt Works Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Canada Cobalt Works insiders are expecting a bright future. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Canada Cobalt Works is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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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