How Much Are Kri Kri SA (ATH:KRI) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Kri Kri SA (ATH:KRI).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Colombia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Kri Kri Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Chairman Panagiotis Tsinavos made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for €700k worth of shares at a price of €3.50 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (€4.30). Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 2% of Panagiotis Tsinavos’s holding. Panagiotis Tsinavos was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Panagiotis Tsinavos divested 650.00k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of €4.04. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ATSE:KRI Insider Trading November 27th 18
ATSE:KRI Insider Trading November 27th 18

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Does Kri Kri 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It’s good to see that Kri Kri insiders own 29% of the company, worth about €47m. While this is strong but not in the top group, when it comes to insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Kri Kri Tell Us?

An insider sold Kri Kri shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Furthermore, transactions over the last twelve months dispel the notion that insiders won’t sell readily. But it is good to see that Kri Kri is growing earnings. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’re in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Kri Kri, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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