Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At RESAAS Services Inc. (CVE:RSS)?

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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in RESAAS Services Inc. (CVE:RSS).

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, 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Colombia 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’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At RESAAS Services

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Adrian Barrett bought CA$100k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.70 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 337.00k shares worth CA$223k. On the other hand they divested 38.56k shares, for CA$15k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by RESAAS Services insiders. Their average price was about CA$0.66. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of CA$0.25 attractive. You can see the insider transactions 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!

TSXV:RSS Insider Trading December 26th 18
TSXV:RSS Insider Trading December 26th 18

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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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It’s great to see that RESAAS Services insiders own 19% of the company, worth about CA$2.6m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At RESAAS Services Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no RESAAS Services insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think RESAAS Services insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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