The Chief Financial Officer of Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:PLNT), Thomas Fitzgerald, Just Bought 67% More Shares

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 25, 2021
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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Thomas Fitzgerald, the Chief Financial Officer of Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:PLNT) recently shelled out US$69k to buy stock, at US$69.29 per share. While that isn't the hugest buy, it actually boosted their shareholding by 67%, which is good to see.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Planet Fitness

Notably, that recent purchase by Thomas Fitzgerald is the biggest insider purchase of Planet Fitness shares that we've seen in the last year. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$79.36), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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NYSE:PLNT Insider Trading Volume August 26th 2021

Planet Fitness is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Does Planet Fitness 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.2% of Planet Fitness shares, worth about US$11m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Planet Fitness Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Planet Fitness shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Planet Fitness you should be aware of.

Of course Planet Fitness may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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