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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (CVE:KBLT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
Cobalt 27 Capital Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Head of Strategy Martin Vydra made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$112k worth of shares at a price of CA$5.58 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$3.50 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 63550 shares for a total of CA$404k. Cobalt 27 Capital may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. Their average price was about CA$6.36. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Does Cobalt 27 Capital Boast High Insider Ownership?
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data suggests Cobalt 27 Capital insiders own 1.0% of the company, worth about CA$3.1m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.
So What Do The Cobalt 27 Capital Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no Cobalt 27 Capital insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Cobalt 27 Capital insiders are doubting the company. 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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