We'd be surprised if Five9, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVN) shareholders haven't noticed that the Chief Accounting Officer & Corporate Controller, Leena Mansharamani, recently sold US$125k worth of stock at US$78.36 per share. However, the silver lining is that the sale only reduced their total holding by 4.7%, so we're hesitant to read anything much into it, on its own.
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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Five9
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Financial Officer, Barry Zwarenstein, sold US$551k worth of shares at a price of US$69.51 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$81.59). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 3.8% of Barry Zwarenstein's holding.
Insiders in Five9 didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Does Five9 Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Five9 insiders own 1.7% of the company, worth about US$98m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Five9 Insiders?
An insider sold Five9 shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Five9 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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