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

| About: North West (NWTUF)

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.

Name Title Trade Date Shares Purchased Current Ownership Increase In Shares
Michael Beaulieu VP March 31 895 20,195 shares +4.6%
David Chatyrbok Director March 31 1,107 19,476 shares +6.0%
Leanne Flewitt VP March 31 574 3,281 shares +21.2%
Debbie Gillis VP March 31 26 26 shares from 0 to 26
Craig Gilpin EVP March 31 874 1,374 shares +174.8%
Paulina Hiebert VP March 31 945 2,989 shares +46.2%
Edward Kennedy CEO March 31 392 91,590 shares +0.4%
John King CFO March 31 3,686 61,259 shares +6.4%
Daniel McConnell VP March 31 2,403 7,691 shares +45.4%
Christine Reimer VP March 31 1,190 8,087 shares +17.3%
Michael Sorobey VP March 31 688 1,975 shares +53.5%
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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.

Month Insider buying / shares Insider selling / shares
March 2014 12,780 0
February 2014 0 0
January 2014 0 0
December 2013 1,986 0
November 2013 0 0
October 2013 0 0
September 2013 0 933
August 2013 0 0
July 2013 0 0
June 2013 429 0
May 2013 0 0
April 2013 0 0
March 2013 1,662 0
February 2013 0 0
January 2013 0 558
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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:

Revenue C$1.5 billion
Net income C$64.3 million
Cash C$22.4 million
Debt C$182.9 million
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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.

Company NWTUF WMT COST TGT
Market Cap: 1.08B 249.65B 48.73B 38.31B
Employees: N/A 2,200,000 103,000 366,000
Qtrly Rev Growth (yoy): 0.04 0.02 0.06 -0.05
Revenue: 1.57B 476.29B 107.89B 72.60B
Gross Margin: N/A 0.25 0.13 0.30
EBITDA: 139.84M 35.74B 4.06B 6.53B
Operating Margin: 0.06 0.06 0.03 0.06
Net Income: 65.49M 15.88B 1.96B 1.97B
EPS: 1.35 0.04 4.45 3.07
P/E: 16.55 15.94 24.95 19.64
PEG (5 yr expected): N/A 1.75 2.21 1.29
P/S: 0.69 0.52 0.45 0.53
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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.

Company Insider buying / shares Insider selling / shares
WMT 0 39,177
COST 0 93,663
TGT 0 0
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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.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in NWTUF over the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.