Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSE:PIF)?

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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSE:PIF).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Polaris Infrastructure Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman & Lead Independent Director Jorge Bernhard bought CA$87k worth of shares at a price of CA$10.85 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. It’s not at all bad to see insiders buy shares at or above current prices. Jorge Bernhard was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

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!

TSX:PIF Recent Insider Trading, March 14th 2019
TSX:PIF Recent Insider Trading, March 14th 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. From looking at our data, insiders own CA$4.2m worth of Polaris Infrastructure stock, about 2.5% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Polaris Infrastructure Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we’d like to see, the history of transactions imply that Polaris Infrastructure insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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