President Eddie Capel Just Sold A Bunch Of Shares In Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH)

We wouldn’t blame Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Eddie Capel, the President recently netted about US$3.5m selling shares at an average price of US$87.48. Probably the most concerning element of the whole transaction is that the dump amounted to 53.8% of their entire holding.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Manhattan Associates

Notably, that recent sale by Eddie Capel is the biggest insider sale of Manhattan Associates shares that we’ve seen in the last year. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$81.49. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn’t a major concern, though it’s hardly a good sign.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 62870 shares for a total of US$4.7m. In the last year Manhattan Associates insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:MANH Recent Insider Trading, August 5th 2019
NasdaqGS:MANH Recent Insider Trading, August 5th 2019

Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Manhattan Associates insiders own about US$32m worth of shares. That equates to 0.6% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Manhattan Associates Tell Us?

An insider hasn’t bought Manhattan Associates stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. 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. We’re in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Manhattan Associates, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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