Founder & Executive Deputy Chairman Ethan Dube Just Sold A Bunch Of Shares In Vunani Limited (JSE:VUN)

Simply Wall St
February 09, 2022
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We note that the Vunani Limited (JSE:VUN) Founder & Executive Deputy Chairman, Ethan Dube, recently sold R500k worth of stock for R2.85 per share. It wasn't a huge sale, but it did reduce their holding by 43%. This does not instill confidence.

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Vunani Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent sale by Ethan Dube was the biggest sale of Vunani shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of R2.80. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 73.00k shares worth R213k. But they sold 195.23k shares for R559k. In total, Vunani insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

JSE:VUN Insider Trading Volume February 9th 2022

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Insider Ownership of Vunani

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. Insiders own 26% of Vunani shares, worth about R115m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Vunani Insiders?

The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at Vunani, in the last three months. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Vunani you should know about.

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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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