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Are Insiders Selling Terra Firma Capital Corporation (CVE:TII) Stock?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Terra Firma Capital Corporation (CVE:TII).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Terra Firma Capital Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Executive Chairman John Kaplan made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$692k worth of shares at a price of CA$0.49 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of CA$0.48. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price. John Kaplan was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 258.00k shares for CA$125k. But insiders sold 1.40m shares worth CA$692k. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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!

TSXV:TII Recent Insider Trading, March 7th 2019

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Does Terra Firma Capital 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. Insiders own 10% of Terra Firma Capital shares, worth about CA$2.8m, according to our data. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Terra Firma Capital Tell Us?

An insider hasn’t bought Terra Firma Capital stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn’t make us feel much more positive. But it is good to see that Terra Firma Capital is growing earnings. When you combine this with the relatively low insider ownership, we are very cautious about the stock. So we’re not rushing to buy, to say the least. 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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