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 before you buy or sell Terra Firma Capital Corporation (CVE:TII), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Terra Firma Capital
The 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$4.95 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of CA$5.50, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. We note that the biggest single sale was only 23% of John Kaplan's holding. John Kaplan was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$135k for 27700 shares. But insiders sold 139800 shares worth CA$692k. 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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Have Terra Firma Capital Insiders Traded Recently?
Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at Terra Firma Capital. MD & Principal Broker Carolyn Montgomery purchased US$10k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.
Insider Ownership of Terra Firma Capital
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Terra Firma Capital insiders own 22% of the company, worth about CA$6.8m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Terra Firma Capital Tell Us?
We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). That said, the purchases were not large. Our analysis of Terra Firma Capital insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Terra Firma Capital.
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