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The Independent Chairman of the Board of Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSE:TCW), Thomas Alford, Just Bought 100% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSE:TCW) Independent Chairman of the Board, Thomas Alford, recently bought CA$59k worth of stock, for CA$2.95 per share. Even though that isn't a massive buy, it did increase their holding by 100%, which is arguably a good sign.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Trican Well Service

Notably, that recent purchase by Thomas Alford is the biggest insider purchase of Trican Well Service shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$2.81 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$197k for 78.00k shares. On the other hand they divested 24.00k shares, for CA$53k. In total, Trican Well Service insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around CA$2.52. We don't deny that it is nice to see insiders buying stock in the company. But we must note that the investments were made at well below today's share price of CA$2.81. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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Insider Ownership of Trican Well Service

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. From our data, it seems that Trican Well Service insiders own 1.2% of the company, worth about CA$8.5m. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven't picked up on. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Trican Well Service Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Trican Well Service insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Trican Well Service you should be aware of.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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