Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Iplayco Corporation Ltd. (CVE:IPC)?

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 before you buy or sell Iplayco Corporation Ltd. (CVE:IPC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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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Iplayco Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Independent Director Patrick Parker made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$462k worth of shares at a price of CA$66.00 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 42.95k shares worth CA$487k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Iplayco insiders. Their average price was about CA$11.34. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is CA$0.66. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSXV:IPC Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019
TSXV:IPC Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019

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Insiders at Iplayco Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Iplayco insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$487k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 12% of Iplayco shares, worth about CA$780k, according to our data. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At Iplayco Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we’d like to see, the history of transactions imply that Iplayco insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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