Justyn R. Howard, Chairman And CEO at Sprout Social (NASDAQ:SPT), made a large buy and sell of company shares on October 8, according to a new SEC filing.
What Happened: A Form 4 filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Justyn R. Howard exercised options to purchase 20,000 Sprout Social shares for $0 on October 8. They then sold their shares on the same day in the open market. They sold at prices ranging from $111.99 to $118.23 to raise a total of $2,296,488 from the stock sale.
Howard still owns a total of 171,341 shares of Sprout Social worth, $19,709,355.
Sprout Social shares are trading up 1.05% at $115.03 at the time of this writing on Tuesday morning.
The Importance of Insider Transactions
Insider transactions shouldn’t be used primarily to make an investing decision, however an insider transaction can be an important factor in the investing decision.
In legal terms, an “insider” refers to any shareholder who owns at least 10% of a company. This can include executives in the c-suite and large hedge funds. These insiders are required to let the public know of their transactions via a Form 4 filing, which must be filed within two business days of the transaction.
When a company insider makes a new purchase, that is an indication that they expect the stock to rise.
Insider sells, on the other hand, can be made for a variety of reasons, and may not necessarily mean that the seller thinks the stock will go down.
Important Transaction Codes
Investors prefer focusing on transactions that take place in the open market, indicated in Table I of the Form 4 filing. A P in Box 3 indicates a purchase, while S indicates a sale. Transaction code C indicates the conversion of an option, and transaction code A indicates the insider may have been forced to sell shares in order to receive compensation that had been promised upon being hired by the company.