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Vice Chairman Hugh Johnston Sold A Bunch Of Shares In PepsiCo

Simply Wall St ·  11/18/2023 03:17

Some PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Vice Chairman, Hugh Johnston, recently sold a substantial US$8.1m worth of stock at a price of US$167 per share. That sale reduced their total holding by 33% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At PepsiCo

The Independent Director, Robert Pohlad, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$13m worth of shares at a price of US$174 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$168. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

Insiders in PepsiCo didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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NasdaqGS:PEP Insider Trading Volume November 17th 2023

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. PepsiCo insiders own about US$320m worth of shares (which is 0.1% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About PepsiCo Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look at the last year, we didn't see any purchases. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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. At Simply Wall St, we found 3 warning signs for PepsiCo that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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