Anyone interested in Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS) should probably be aware that the Corporate Controller, Gregory Ackerson, recently divested US$129k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$40.00 each. However, the silver lining is that the sale only reduced their total holding by 3.2%, so we're hesitant to read anything much into it, on its own.
Workhorse Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Independent Director, H. Samuels, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.5m worth of shares at a price of US$25.03 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$34.32). 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. 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. We note that the biggest single sale was only 6.0% of H. Samuels's holding.
Insiders in Workhorse Group didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. 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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Insider Ownership of Workhorse Group
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. Workhorse Group insiders own 6.7% of the company, currently worth about US$277m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Workhorse Group Insiders?
Insiders sold Workhorse Group shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Workhorse Group. For instance, we've identified 5 warning signs for Workhorse Group (3 are a bit concerning) you should be aware of.
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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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