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Have Insiders Been Selling Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Franklin Electric

VP & CFO John Haines made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$221k worth of shares at a price of US$55.18 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$49.61. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$1.2m for 23.71k shares sold. In total, Franklin Electric insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$50.52, on average. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:FELE Recent Insider Trading, March 26th 2019

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Insiders at Franklin Electric Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Franklin Electric shares. In total, insiders sold US$707k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Franklin Electric Boast High 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Franklin Electric insiders own 17% of the company, currently worth about US$385m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Franklin Electric Insiders?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. But since Franklin Electric is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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