Anyone interested in F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) should probably be aware that the Independent Director, Deborah Bevier, recently divested US$346k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$205 each. That sale was 19% of their holding, so it does make us raise an eyebrow.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At F5 Networks
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Executive VP of Global Services & Chief Strategy Officer Thomas Fountain for US$1.1m worth of shares, at about US$137 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$206. 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.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Does F5 Networks 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. F5 Networks insiders own about US$56m worth of shares. That equates to 0.4% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
What Might The Insider Transactions At F5 Networks Tell Us?
An insider sold F5 Networks shares recently, but they didn't buy any. On the other hand, the insider transactions over the last year are encouraging. It's good to see insiders are shareholders. So we're happy enough to look past some selling. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. While conducting our analysis, we found that F5 Networks has 2 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore them.
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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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