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The CEO & Executive Director of Associated British Foods plc (LON:ABF), George Weston, Just Sold 31% Of Their Holding

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We wouldn't blame Associated British Foods plc (LON:ABF) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that George Weston, the CEO & Executive Director recently netted about UK£22m selling shares at an average price of UK£23.19. That sale reduced their total holding by 31% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Associated British Foods

Notably, that recent sale by George Weston is the biggest insider sale of Associated British Foods shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of UK£21.89. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 12.00k shares worth UK£223k. But insiders sold 1.59m shares worth UK£37m. George Weston ditched 1.59m shares over the year. The average price per share was UK£23.10. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

LSE:ABF Insider Trading Volume January 29th 2021

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Insider Ownership of Associated British Foods

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Associated British Foods insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about UK£67m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Associated British Foods Insiders?

The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at Associated British Foods, in the last three months. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. 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. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Associated British Foods you should know about.

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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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