Did CT Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:CRT.UN) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell CT Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:CRT.UN), 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, 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 Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At CT Real Estate Investment Trust

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Senior Vice-President of Real Estate Kevin Salsberg bought CA$82k worth of shares at a price of CA$13.25 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Kevin Salsberg.

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:CRT.UN Recent Insider Trading, February 25th 2019
TSX:CRT.UN Recent Insider Trading, February 25th 2019

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Does CT Real Estate Investment Trust 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Our data suggests CT Real Estate Investment Trust insiders own 0.07% of the company, worth about CA$2.0m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At CT Real Estate Investment Trust Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no CT Real Estate Investment Trust insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more CT Real Estate Investment Trust stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in CT Real Estate Investment Trust, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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