It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Chesswood Group Limited (TSE:CHW), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
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.'
Chesswood Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Advisor to the Board Edward Sonshine made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$186k worth of shares at a price of CA$10.30 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of CA$10.66. 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. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Chesswood Group share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 38900 shares for CA$403k. But insiders sold 12000 shares worth CA$149k. Overall, Chesswood Group insiders were net buyers last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) 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!
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Does Chesswood 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Chesswood Group insiders own 22% of the company, worth about CA$43m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Chesswood Group Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Chesswood Group shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in Chesswood Group and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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