Anyone interested in Accel Entertainment, Inc. should probably be aware that the General Counsel, Derek Harmer, recently divested US$329k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$8.24 each. That sale was 18% of their holding, so it does make us raise an eyebrow.
In fact, the recent sale by Derek Harmer was the biggest sale of Accel Entertainment shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$7.97. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!.
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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It’s great to see that Accel Entertainment insiders own 19% of the company, worth about US$134m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
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, Accel Entertainment makes money, and is growing profits. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Case in point: We’ve spotted.
Accel Entertainment, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a distributed gaming operator in the United States.
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