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Summary

  • 11 insiders purchased The North West Company stock within one month.
  • The stock was sold by no insiders in the month of intensive purchasing.
  • Seven of these 11 insiders increased their holdings by more than 10%.

The North West Company (OTC:NWTUF) engages in the retail of food and everyday products and services to rural communities and urban neighborhoods.

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Insider buying during the last 30 days

Here is a table of The North West Company's insider activity during the last 30 days.

NameTitleTrade DateShares PurchasedCurrent OwnershipIncrease In Shares
Michael BeaulieuVPMarch 3189520,195 shares+4.6%
David ChatyrbokDirectorMarch 311,10719,476 shares+6.0%
Leanne FlewittVPMarch 315743,281 shares+21.2%
Debbie GillisVPMarch 312626 sharesfrom 0 to 26
Craig GilpinEVPMarch 318741,374 shares+174.8%
Paulina HiebertVPMarch 319452,989 shares+46.2%
Edward KennedyCEOMarch 3139291,590 shares+0.4%
John KingCFOMarch 313,68661,259 shares+6.4%
Daniel McConnellVPMarch 312,4037,691 shares+45.4%
Christine ReimerVPMarch 311,1908,087 shares+17.3%
Michael SorobeyVPMarch 316881,975 shares+53.5%

There have been 12,780 shares purchased by insiders during the last 30 days.

Insider buying by calendar month

Here is a table of The North West Company's insider activity by calendar month.

MonthInsider buying / sharesInsider selling / shares
March 201412,7800
February 201400
January 201400
December 20131,9860
November 201300
October 201300
September 20130933
August 201300
July 201300
June 20134290
May 201300
April 201300
March 20131,6620
February 201300
January 20130558

There have been 16,857 shares purchased, and there have been 1,491 shares sold by insiders since January 2013. The month of March 2014 has seen the most insider buying.

Financials

The North West Company reported the full-year 2013, which ended January 31, financial results on March 12 with the following highlights:

RevenueC$1.5 billion
Net incomeC$64.3 million
CashC$22.4 million
DebtC$182.9 million

The 11 insiders purchased their shares after these results.

Outlook

New store growth will be limited in 2014 as the company continues to see favorable returns from optimizing existing market performance. Net capital expenditures for 2014 are expected to be approximately $55.0 million (2013 - $42.4 million).

Competition

The North West Company's competitors include Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT), Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST), and Target (NYSE:TGT). Here is a table comparing these companies.

CompanyNWTUFWMTCOSTTGT
Market Cap:1.08B249.65B48.73B38.31B
Employees:N/A2,200,000103,000366,000
Qtrly Rev Growth (yoy):0.040.020.06-0.05
Revenue:1.57B476.29B107.89B72.60B
Gross Margin:N/A0.250.130.30
EBITDA:139.84M35.74B4.06B6.53B
Operating Margin:0.060.060.030.06
Net Income:65.49M15.88B1.96B1.97B
EPS:1.350.044.453.07
P/E:16.5515.9424.9519.64
PEG (5 yr expected):N/A1.752.211.29
P/S:0.690.520.450.53

The North West Company has the second-lowest P/E ratio among these four companies.

Here is a table of these competitors' insider activities this year.

CompanyInsider buying / sharesInsider selling / shares
WMT039,177
COST093,663
TGT00

Only The North West Company has seen intensive insider buying during the last 30 days.

Conclusion

There have been 11 different insiders buying The North West Company, and there have not been any insiders selling The North West Company during the last 30 days. Seven of these 11 insiders increased their holdings by more than 10%.

The 11 insiders purchased their shares at $23.32 (C$25.42). I believe The North West Company could be a good pick below $23.32 based on the intensive insider buying.

Source: The North West Company: 11 Different Insiders Have Purchased Shares During The Last 30 Days