Some Ryanair Holdings plc (ISE:RY4C) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Group CEO & Executive Director, Michael O'Leary, recently sold a substantial €22m worth of stock at a price of €15.60 per share. However, it's crucial to note that they remain very much invested in the stock and that sale only reduced their holding by 3.2%.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ryanair Holdings
In fact, the recent sale by Michael O'Leary was the biggest sale of Ryanair Holdings shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of €16.30, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 3.2% of Michael O'Leary's holding.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Does Ryanair Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Ryanair Holdings insiders own 4.7% of the company, currently worth about €862m 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.
So What Do The Ryanair Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider hasn't bought Ryanair Holdings stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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. To help with this, we've discovered 4 warning signs (1 is a bit concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Ryanair Holdings.
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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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