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Need To Know: Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE:FSB) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE:FSB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 Financial Network

The , Sarah Meyerrose, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$77k worth of shares at a price of US$38.50 each. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$28.30). So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.

All up, insiders sold more shares in Franklin Financial Network than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:FSB Recent Insider Trading, July 19th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Franklin Financial Network

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. Franklin Financial Network insiders own about US$38m worth of shares. That equates to 9.1% 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 Franklin Financial Network Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Franklin Financial Network shares in the last quarter. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Franklin Financial Network insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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