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This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVE)

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Some Five Below, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIVE) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Chairman of the Board, Thomas Vellios, recently sold a whopping US$8.0m worth of stock at a price of US$133 per share. However, that sale only accounted for 9.0% of their holding, so arguably it doesn't say much about their conviction.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Five Below

In fact, the recent sale by Thomas Vellios was the biggest sale of Five Below shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$132. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 124000 shares for a total of US$16m. In the last year Five Below insiders didn't buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:FIVE Recent Insider Trading, October 22nd 2019

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Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Five Below insiders own about US$161m worth of shares (which is 2.2% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Five Below Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, Five Below makes money, and is growing profits. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Five Below.

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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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