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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell International Petroleum Corporation ( TSE:IPCO ), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
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 Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At International Petroleum
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Lead Director Charles Ashley Heppenstall bought CA$4.1m worth of shares at a price of CA$8.85 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. 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. It’s not at all bad to see insiders buy shares at or above current prices. Notably Charles Ashley Heppenstall was also the biggest seller, having sold CA$4.1m worth of shares.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$6.4m for 735.86k shares. But insiders sold 463.76k shares worth CA$4.1m. In total, International Petroleum insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about CA$8.67 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around CA$6.18). You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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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Insider Ownership of International Petroleum
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that International Petroleum insiders own 6.1% of the company, worth about CA$62m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About International Petroleum Insiders?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in International Petroleum 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 .
But note: International Petroleum may not be the best stock to buy . So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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