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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Corvus Gold Inc. (TSE:KOR).
What Is Insider Selling?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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'.
Corvus Gold Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Independent Director, Edward Yarrow, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$226k worth of shares at a price of CA$3.02 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of CA$3.59. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 23% of Edward Yarrow's stake.
Insiders in Corvus Gold didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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Does Corvus Gold Boast High Insider Ownership?
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Corvus Gold insiders own about CA$25m worth of shares. That equates to 5.4% of the company. 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 Corvus Gold Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Corvus Gold shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Corvus Gold insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Corvus Gold. For example, Corvus Gold has 4 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.
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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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