Need To Know: Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Franklin Covey

The Independent Director, Esther Stepp, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$134k worth of shares at a price of US$31.41 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$35.72. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. 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 6.9% of Esther Stepp’s holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Esther Stepp.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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!

NYSE:FC Recent Insider Trading, October 20th 2019
NYSE:FC Recent Insider Trading, October 20th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Franklin Covey

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Franklin Covey insiders own 11% of the company, worth about US$55m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Franklin Covey Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Franklin Covey insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Still, the insider transactions at Franklin Covey in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in 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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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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