Did Enbridge Inc. (TSE:ENB) Insiders Buy Up More 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Enbridge Inc. (TSE:ENB).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Enbridge

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP and President of Gas Transmission & Midstream, William Yardley, sold CA$737k worth of shares at a price of CA$49.49 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of CA$45.25. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 26369 shares worth CA$1.3m. On the other hand they divested 21414 shares, for CA$1.1m. Overall, Enbridge insiders were net buyers last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:ENB Recent Insider Trading, September 8th 2019
TSX:ENB Recent Insider Trading, September 8th 2019

Enbridge Insiders Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Enbridge insider buying shares in the last three months. insider Christopher Johnston bought CA$43k worth of shares in that time. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn’t enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Does Enbridge Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It’s great to see that Enbridge insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about CA$184m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Enbridge Tell Us?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. It would be great to see more insider buying, but overall it seems like Enbridge insiders are reasonably well aligned (owning significant chunk of the company’s shares) and optimistic for the future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Enbridge.

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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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