Evergy, Inc. (NYSE:EVRG) insiders sold US$2.4m worth of stock suggesting impending weakness.

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 02, 2021
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The fact that multiple Evergy, Inc. (NYSE:EVRG) insiders offloaded a considerable amount of shares over the past year could have raised some eyebrows amongst investors. When analyzing insider transactions, it is usually more valuable to know whether insiders are buying versus knowing if they are selling, as the latter sends an ambiguous message. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Evergy

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the insider, Anthony Somma, sold US$1.7m worth of shares at a price of US$53.51 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$68.62, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. 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. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was 72% of Anthony Somma's holding.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 20.00k shares worth US$1.1m. But they sold 43.30k shares for US$2.4m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Evergy shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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NYSE:EVRG Insider Trading Volume September 2nd 2021

I will like Evergy better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Does Evergy Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Evergy insiders own 0.3% of the company, worth about US$51m. 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 Evergy Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Evergy insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Our analysis of Evergy insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in 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 1 warning sign for Evergy you should be aware of.

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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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