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ATCO Ltd. (TSE:ACO.X) insiders placed bullish bets worth CA$26m in the last 12 months

Multiple insiders secured a larger position in ATCO Ltd. (TSE:ACO.X) 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, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.

See our latest analysis for ATCO

ATCO Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider Margaret Southern made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$1.8m worth of shares at a price of CA$48.05 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being CA$42.24). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 548.74k shares for CA$26m. But insiders sold 4.83k shares worth CA$229k. In total, ATCO insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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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Are ATCO Insiders Buying Or Selling?

We've only seen a tiny insider purchase valued at CA$3.8k, in the last three months. So it is hard to draw any conclusion about how insiders are feeling about the stock, from these recent trades.

Does ATCO Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 1.3% of ATCO shares, worth about CA$60m. 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 ATCO Insiders?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). That said, the purchases were not large. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don't see anything to make us think ATCO insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. When we did our research, we found 2 warning signs for ATCO (1 is significant!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

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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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