Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At International Samuel Exploration Corp. (CVE:ISS)?

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in International Samuel Exploration Corp. (CVE:ISS).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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International Samuel Exploration Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

While no particular insider transaction stood out, we can still look at the overall trading.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 1.6m shares for CA$93k. But they sold 800k for CA$48k. Overall, International Samuel Exploration insiders were net buyers last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSXV:ISS Recent Insider Trading, April 18th 2019
TSXV:ISS Recent Insider Trading, April 18th 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

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 5.7% of International Samuel Exploration shares, worth about CA$72k, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At International Samuel Exploration Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no International Samuel Exploration insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more International Samuel Exploration stock. 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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