Have Insiders Been Buying Bonavista Energy Corporation (TSE:BNP) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell Bonavista Energy Corporation (TSE:BNP), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

View our latest analysis for Bonavista Energy

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Bonavista Energy

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Vice Chairman of the Board Ronald J. Poelzer bought CA$203k worth of shares at a price of CA$1.16 per share. 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 238.67k shares worth CA$296k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Bonavista Energy insiders. The average buy price was around CA$1.24. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is CA$1.02. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:BNP Insider Trading December 20th 18
TSX:BNP Insider Trading December 20th 18

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership of Bonavista Energy

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that Bonavista Energy insiders own 8.0% of the company, worth about CA$21m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Bonavista Energy Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Bonavista Energy insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in Bonavista Energy and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. 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.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.