Did BMTC Group Inc. (TSE:GBT) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in BMTC Group Inc. (TSE:GBT).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 BMTC Group

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman Yves Groseillers for CA$307k worth of shares, at about CA$15.26 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid CA$948k for 60.67k shares purchased. Overall, BMTC Group insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around CA$15.62. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is CA$14.00. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:GBT Insider Trading December 12th 18
TSX:GBT Insider Trading December 12th 18

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Insider Ownership of BMTC Group

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. BMTC Group insiders own 63% of the company, currently worth about CA$234m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About BMTC Group Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded BMTC Group shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, BMTC Group insiders feel good about the company’s future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in BMTC Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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