Are Insiders Selling Heineken N.V. (AMS:HEIA) Stock?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Heineken N.V. (AMS:HEIA), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Heineken

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO, Jean-François M. van Boxmeer, for €2.1m worth of shares, at about €104 per share. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (€76.18). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Jean-François M. van Boxmeer.

Jean-François M. van Boxmeer sold a total of 80000 shares over the year at an average price of €98.52. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ENXTAM:HEIA Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2020
ENXTAM:HEIA Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2020

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Insiders at Heineken Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Heineken. In total, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO Jean-François M. van Boxmeer dumped €2.1m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Does Heineken Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. 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 Heineken insiders own 0.07% of the company, worth about €30m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Heineken Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. But since Heineken is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. 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. To assist with this, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Heineken.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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