Have Insiders Been Buying Athabasca Oil Corporation (TSE:ATH) Shares?

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 Athabasca Oil Corporation (TSE:ATH).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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Athabasca Oil Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Independent Director Thomas Ebbern made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$108k worth of shares at a price of CA$1.08 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$0.58 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 161k shares worth CA$193k. In the last twelve months Athabasca Oil insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about CA$1.20 on average. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:ATH Recent Insider Trading, August 27th 2019
TSX:ATH Recent Insider Trading, August 27th 2019

Have Athabasca Oil Insiders Traded Recently?

There was only a small bit of insider buying, worth CA$2.9k, in the last three months. Looking at the net result, we don’t think these recent trades shed much light on how insiders, as a group, are feeling about the company’s prospects.

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From looking at our data, insiders own CA$2.4m worth of Athabasca Oil stock, about 0.8% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Athabasca Oil Tell Us?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. Overall the buying isn’t worth writing home about. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Athabasca Oil stock. 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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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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