Have Insiders Been Selling Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:CAR.UN) Shares?

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 Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:CAR.UN).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

The Chief Financial Officer, Scott Cryer, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$483k worth of shares at a price of CA$50.30 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of CA$54.53, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. 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. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. This single sale was 52% of Scott Cryer’s stake.

All up, insiders sold more shares in Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust than they bought, over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:CAR.UN Recent Insider Trading, November 8th 2019
TSX:CAR.UN Recent Insider Trading, November 8th 2019

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Does Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 0.5% of Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust shares, worth about CA$47m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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