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Insider Spends CA$200k Buying More Shares In Western Forest Products

Investors who take an interest in Western Forest Products Inc. (TSE:WEF) should definitely note that the President, J. Hofer, recently paid CA$0.67 per share to buy CA$200k worth of the stock. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 118%.

See our latest analysis for Western Forest Products

Western Forest Products Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by J. Hofer was the biggest purchase of Western Forest Products shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being CA$0.66). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

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In the last twelve months Western Forest Products insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about CA$0.96 on average. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Does Western Forest Products Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Based on our data, Western Forest Products insiders have about 0.7% of the stock, worth approximately CA$1.4m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Western Forest Products Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. 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 Western Forest Products insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with Western Forest Products and understanding it should be part of your investment process.

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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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