The VP & President of Headwater Companies of Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE), DeLancey Davis, Just Sold 44% Of Their Holding

We’d be surprised if Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE) shareholders haven’t noticed that the VP & President of Headwater Companies, DeLancey Davis, recently sold US$132k worth of stock at US$52.00 per share. That sale was 44% of their holding, so it does make us raise an eyebrow.

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Franklin Electric Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chairman & CEO, Gregg Sengstack, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$435k worth of shares at a price of US$54.37 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$46.86. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. 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.

Franklin Electric insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:FELE Recent Insider Trading, March 14th 2020
NasdaqGS:FELE Recent Insider Trading, March 14th 2020

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Does Franklin Electric 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Franklin Electric insiders own 17% of the company, currently worth about US$362m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Franklin Electric Tell Us?

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. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To assist with this, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Franklin Electric.

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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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