Need To Know: North American Construction Group Ltd. (NYSE:NOA) Insiders Have Been Buying 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 before you buy or sell North American Construction Group Ltd. (NYSE:NOA), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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. 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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North American Construction Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director William Oehmig for US$418k worth of shares, at about US$5.63 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly lower prices. The insider buying may not tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 125.62k shares for US$637k. But they sold 17.00k for US$68k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by North American Construction Group insiders. They paid about US$5.07 on average. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, we do note that they were buying at significantly lower prices than today’s share price. 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!

NYSE:NOA Insider Trading December 11th 18
NYSE:NOA Insider Trading December 11th 18

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Does North American Construction Group 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 10% of North American Construction Group shares, worth about US$23m. While this is strong but not in the top group, when it comes to insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The North American Construction Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

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. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more North American Construction Group stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for North American Construction Group.

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