Read This Before Buying Exco Technologies Limited (TSE:XTC) 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 Exco Technologies Limited (TSE:XTC).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Exco Technologies

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when CEO & President of Automotive Solutions Group William Schroers sold CA$284k worth of shares at a price of CA$10.00 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of CA$9.31. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

All up, insiders sold more shares in Exco Technologies than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around CA$9.88, on average. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:XTC Insider Trading January 30th 19
TSX:XTC Insider Trading January 30th 19

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Insiders at Exco Technologies Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Exco Technologies shares. Specifically, VP & GM of Castool Division Paul Robbins ditched CA$80k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 27% of Exco Technologies shares, worth about CA$105m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Exco Technologies Tell Us?

An insider sold Exco Technologies shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. But since Exco Technologies is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Exco Technologies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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