We wouldn't blame Federated Hermes, Inc. (NYSE:FHI) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that John Fisher, the VP & Director recently netted about US$1.2m selling shares at an average price of US$33.27. However, it's crucial to note that they remain very much invested in the stock and that sale only reduced their holding by 5.6%.
Federated Hermes Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Vice Chairman and President of Federated Intl Mgmt & Federated Intl Securities Corp., Gordon Ceresino, sold US$1.3m worth of shares at a price of US$30.99 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$33.25. 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. This single sale was just 15% of Gordon Ceresino's stake.
Insiders in Federated Hermes 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 want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Does Federated Hermes Boast High Insider Ownership?
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Federated Hermes insiders own 5.0% of the company, worth about US$156m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Federated Hermes Tell Us?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look at the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But since Federated Hermes is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Federated Hermes.
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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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