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Read This Before Selling Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI) Shares

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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 Fiesta Restaurant Group

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CEO, President & Director Richard Stockinger for US$50k worth of shares, at about US$15.25 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$9.93). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. Richard Stockinger was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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!

NasdaqGS:FRGI Recent Insider Trading, October 7th 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Does Fiesta Restaurant Group 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. From our data, it seems that Fiesta Restaurant Group insiders own 2.8% of the company, worth about US$7.4m. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Fiesta Restaurant Group Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Fiesta Restaurant Group insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Fiesta Restaurant Group insiders are doubting the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Fiesta Restaurant Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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