Have Insiders Been Buying Baylin Technologies Inc. (TSE:BYL) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Baylin Technologies Inc. (TSE:BYL).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 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 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 Baylin Technologies

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman Jeffrey Royer bought CA$12m worth of shares at a price of CA$3.10 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 3.80m shares for a total of CA$12m. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Baylin Technologies insiders. They paid about CA$3.10 on average. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price of CA$3.45. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

TSX:BYL Insider Trading December 26th 18
TSX:BYL Insider Trading December 26th 18

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Does Baylin Technologies Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Baylin Technologies insiders own 52% of the company, currently worth about CA$72m 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 Baylin Technologies Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Baylin Technologies insiders think the business has merit. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Baylin Technologies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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