This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE)

Some Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the President, Todd Becker, recently sold a whopping US$1.2m worth of stock at a price of US$15.02 per share. That sale reduced their total holding by 12% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we’ve seen.

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Green Plains Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chairman of the Board, Wayne Hoovestol, sold US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$15.01 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$14.22. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

In total, Green Plains insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGS:GPRE Recent Insider Trading, December 10th 2019
NasdaqGS:GPRE Recent Insider Trading, December 10th 2019

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Does Green Plains Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Green Plains insiders own about US$32m worth of shares. That equates to 6.2% 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.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Green Plains Insiders?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn’t give us much comfort. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’re in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Green Plains.

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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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