Have Insiders Been Selling Morguard Corporation (TSE:MRC) Shares This Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Morguard Corporation (TSE:MRC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Morguard

The Executive Vice President of Office & Industrial Asset Management – Morguard Investments Limited, Gordon Vollmer, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$169k worth of shares at a price of CA$169 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (CA$188). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it’s only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was 100% of Gordon Vollmer’s holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 2400 shares worth CA$416k. Morguard insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:MRC Recent Insider Trading, July 5th 2019
TSX:MRC Recent Insider Trading, July 5th 2019

Insider Ownership of Morguard

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Morguard insiders own about CA$21m worth of shares. That equates to 1.0% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Morguard Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Morguard shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Morguard 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.

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