We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in SBD Capital Corp. (CSE:SBD).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At SBD Capital
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the insider, Robert Murray, for CA$167k worth of shares, at about CA$0.14 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of CA$0.11. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Robert Murray. Notably Robert Murray was also the biggest buyer, having purchased CA$1.4k worth of shares.
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!
If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. SBD Capital insiders own 40% of the company, currently worth about CA$1.1m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About SBD Capital Insiders?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the SBD Capital insiders selling. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if SBD Capital is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
But note: SBD Capital may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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