Read This Before Selling CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. (TSE:CWX) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. (TSE:CWX).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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CanWel Building Materials Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman & CEO Amardeip Doman for CA$236k worth of shares, at about CA$6.73 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$1.1m for 197.38k shares. But they sold 12.50k for CA$90k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by CanWel Building Materials Group insiders. Their average price was about CA$5.70. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around CA$4.23). The chart below shows insider transactions 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:CWX Insider Trading December 18th 18
TSX:CWX Insider Trading December 18th 18

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Insiders at CanWel Building Materials Group Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, CanWel Building Materials Group insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought CA$579k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does CanWel Building Materials Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. CanWel Building Materials Group insiders own about CA$9.4m worth of shares (which is 2.8% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The CanWel Building Materials Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. 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 CanWel Building Materials Group insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for CanWel Building Materials Group.

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