Sprouts Farmers Market Insiders Sold US$16m Of Shares Suggesting Hesitancy

Sprouts Farmers Markets, Inc. +3.25%

Sprouts Farmers Markets, Inc.

SFM

65.15

+3.25%

In the last year, many Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFM) insiders sold a substantial stake in the company which may have sparked shareholders' attention. Knowing whether insiders are buying is usually more helpful when evaluating insider transactions, as insider selling can have various explanations. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the CFO & Treasurer, Lawrence Molloy, for US$2.9m worth of shares, at about US$40.30 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$47.81. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. This single sale was just 41% of Lawrence Molloy's stake.

Insiders in Sprouts Farmers Market didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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NasdaqGS:SFM Insider Trading Volume December 29th 2023

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Insiders At Sprouts Farmers Market Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Sprouts Farmers Market. In total, insiders sold US$3.1m 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.

Insider Ownership Of Sprouts Farmers Market

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 0.4% of Sprouts Farmers Market shares, worth about US$22m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Sprouts Farmers Market Insiders?

Insiders haven't bought Sprouts Farmers Market stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, Sprouts Farmers Market makes money, and is growing profits. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. At Simply Wall St, we found 1 warning sign for Sprouts Farmers Market that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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