The Westaim Corporation (CVE:WED) insiders placed bullish bets worth US$6.9m in the last 12 months

Multiple insiders secured a larger position in The Westaim Corporation (CVE:WED) shares over the last 12 months. This is reassuring as this suggests that insiders have increased optimism about the company’s prospects.

Although we don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Westaim

The insider James Hays made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$2.9m worth of shares at a price of CA$2.47 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of CA$2.59. 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. While we always like to see insider buying, it’s less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Westaim insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 2.76m shares worth CA$6.9m. But they sold 12.00k shares for CA$32k. In total, Westaim insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, 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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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Westaim Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Westaim insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. In total, insiders bought CA$756k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 19% of Westaim shares, worth about CA$69m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Westaim Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Westaim we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright 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.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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