The Independent Director of Buhler Industries Inc. (TSE:BUI), John Buhler, Just Bought 0.5% More Shares

Even if it’s not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that John Buhler, the Independent Director of Buhler Industries Inc. (TSE:BUI) recently shelled out CA$61k to buy stock, at CA$3.15 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 0.5%, and it wasn’t a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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Buhler Industries Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by John Buhler was the biggest purchase of Buhler Industries shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of CA$3.60. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today’s share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. John Buhler was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

John Buhler purchased 73900 shares over the year. The average price per share was CA$3.49. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:BUI Recent Insider Trading, September 13th 2019
TSX:BUI Recent Insider Trading, September 13th 2019

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. Insiders own 16% of Buhler Industries shares, worth about CA$14m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Buhler Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Buhler Industries insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. 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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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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