We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Intact Financial Corporation (TSE:IFC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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 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’.
Intact Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
William Young made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$809k worth of shares at a price of CA$106 each. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 10.85k shares for CA$1.1m. But insiders sold 38.23k shares worth CA$3.9m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Intact Financial shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about CA$102. We don’t gain confidence from insider selling below the recent share price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insiders at Intact Financial Have Sold Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen notably more insider selling, than insider buying, at Intact Financial. In that time, Mark Tullis dumped CA$565k worth of shares. On the flip side, William Young spent CA$50k on purchasing shares. Since the selling really does outweigh the buying, we’d say that these transactions may suggest that some insiders feel the shares are not cheap.
Does Intact Financial Boast High 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 0.5% of Intact Financial shares, worth about CA$73m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Intact Financial Insiders?
The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at Intact Financial, in the last three months. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. Insider ownership isn’t particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We’re in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Intact Financial, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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