Freehold Royalties Ltd. (TSE:FRU) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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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 Freehold Royalties Ltd. (TSE:FRU).

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

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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 Freehold Royalties

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chair of the Board Marvin Romanow for CA$265k worth of shares, at about CA$8.82 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$8.27 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay 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.

In the last twelve months insiders paid CA$703k for 73200 shares purchased. In the last twelve months Freehold Royalties insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:FRU Recent Insider Trading, June 5th 2019
TSX:FRU Recent Insider Trading, June 5th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Freehold Royalties Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at Freehold Royalties. Controller Michael Mogan shelled out CA$29k for shares in that time. It’s good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data suggests Freehold Royalties insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about CA$2.1m. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Do The Freehold Royalties Insider Transactions Indicate?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Freehold Royalties insiders bought more shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Freehold Royalties.

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