Have Insiders Been Buying West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSE:WFT) Shares?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSE:WFT).

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At West Fraser Timber

CEO, President & Corporate Director Raymond Ferris made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$265k worth of shares at a price of CA$59.29 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than CA$58.09 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months West Fraser Timber insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

TSX:WFT Recent Insider Trading, January 17th 2020

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Insider Ownership of West Fraser Timber

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that West Fraser Timber insiders own 2.1% of the company, worth about CA$83m. 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 West Fraser Timber Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no West Fraser Timber insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Overall we don't see anything to make us think West Fraser Timber insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in West Fraser Timber, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: West Fraser Timber 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.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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