Some Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Chairman & CEO, Gregg Sengstack, recently sold a substantial US$812k worth of stock at a price of US$90.25 per share. However, that sale only accounted for 2.2% of their holding, so arguably it doesn't say much about their conviction.
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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Franklin Electric
In fact, the recent sale by Chairman & CEO Gregg Sengstack was not their only sale of Franklin Electric shares this year. Earlier in the year, they fetched US$98.54 per share in a -US$1.2m sale. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$90.46. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold 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).
Franklin Electric insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insider Ownership Of Franklin Electric
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Franklin Electric insiders own 14% of the company, currently worth about US$592m based on the recent share price. 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 Franklin Electric Insiders?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. On the plus side, Franklin Electric makes money, and is growing profits. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For example - Franklin Electric has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.
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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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