Did Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI) insiders sell their shares?
Some Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (New York Stock Exchange: GPI) shareholders might be a little concerned that CEO and chief executive Earl Hesterberg recently sold $5.2 million worth of stock at $174 per share. It’s a big divestment, and it reduced the size of their operation by 12%, which is remarkable but not too bad.
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Group 1 Automotive Insider Trading Over the Past Year
Director Lincoln da Cunha Pereira Filho made the biggest insider sale of the past 12 months. This single transaction was for $6.1 million worth of shares at a price of $207 each. While we generally don’t like to see insider selling, it’s more of a concern if the selling takes place at a lower price. The good news is that this major selloff took place well above the current price of US$178. So this may not tell us anything about what insiders think of the current stock price.
Last year, 1 Automotive Group insiders did not buy any shares of the company. You can see a visual representation of insider trading (by companies and individuals) over the past 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all individual trades including stock price, individual and date!
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Examining the total insider holdings in a company can help you know if they are well aligned with common shareholders. I think it’s a good sign if insiders have a significant number of shares in the company. Group 1 Automotive insiders own approximately $128 million in stock (or 5.1% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership because it increases the chances that management is thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So what does this data suggest about Group 1 auto insiders?
An insider hasn’t bought shares of Group 1 Automotive in the past three months, but there have been some sales. And even if we look at last year, we haven’t seen any purchases. But since Group 1 Automotive is profitable and growing, that doesn’t worry us too much. Although insiders hold a lot of stock in the company (which is good), our analysis of their dealings does not give us confidence in the company. While we like to know what’s going on with insider ownership and trading, we also make sure to consider the risks a stock faces before making any investment decisions. For example, Group 1 Automotive has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a little unpleasant) we think you should know.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are persons who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently record open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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