Have Insiders Been Selling Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE) Shares?

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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 before you buy or sell Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Franklin Electric

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the VP & CFO, John Haines, for US$221k worth of shares, at about US$55.18 per share. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$44.56). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$1.0m for 19646 shares sold. Insiders in Franklin Electric didn’t buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:FELE Recent Insider Trading, May 29th 2019
NasdaqGS:FELE Recent Insider Trading, May 29th 2019

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Insiders at Franklin Electric Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Franklin Electric shares. In total, insiders sold US$292k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Does Franklin Electric Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Franklin Electric insiders own about US$348m worth of shares (which is 17% of the company). 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 Does This Data Suggest About Franklin Electric Insiders?

Insiders sold Franklin Electric shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. But since Franklin Electric is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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