The Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Anpario plc (LON:ANP), Richard Edwards, Just Sold 59% Of Their Holding

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 02, 2021
AIM:ANP

We wouldn't blame Anpario plc (LON:ANP) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Richard Edwards, the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO recently netted about UK£725k selling shares at an average price of UK£5.80. That diminished their holding by a very significant 59%, which arguably implies a strong desire to reallocate capital.

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Anpario Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent sale by Richard Edwards is the biggest insider sale of Anpario shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (UK£5.85). 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 59% of Richard Edwards's holding.

In the last year Anpario insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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AIM:ANP Insider Trading Volume April 2nd 2021

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Does Anpario 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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. From looking at our data, insiders own UK£2.0m worth of Anpario stock, about 1.5% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Anpario 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. On the plus side, Anpario makes money, and is growing profits. When you combine this with the relatively low insider ownership, we are very cautious about the stock. So we're not rushing to buy, to say the least. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for Anpario and we suggest you have a look.

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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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