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Plenty of Founders and Directors selling in February - should we be worried?

02/03/2018 · AB Dynamics (ABDP)  · AdEPT Telecom PLC (ADT)  · Joules Group (JOUL)  · Plus500 Ltd (PLUS)  · RWS Holdings PLC (RWS)  · Safestyle UK PLC (SFE)  · Sanderson Group PLC (SND) 

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Large share selling by the Founders and Directors of several small companies over recent weeks could be an indication of trouble ahead. But these sales need to considered in context and we offer some thoughts in our latest Blog here.

It isn’t the first time that the founders of Plus500 (AIM:PLUS), the CFD provider, have cashed in big time (previously at much lower levels..poor souls), but the latest sales come at a time when the European Securities and Markets Authority (‘ESMA’) and UK’s FCA are still reviewing the rules around CFD trading, the outcome of which could impact PLUS’ short term profitability at least. Of all the listed CFD providers PLUS looks most at risk from the regulator given its high customer churn and booming business through crypto-based derivative products, with the latter a stated focus for ESMA.

The founders of PLUS have just sold an aggregate of 7,272,728 shares at a price of 1100p per share pocketing £80.0m. They have agreed not to sell any further shares for a period of 180 days, which doesn’t sound much of a commitment to us!

The sale represented approximately 28% of their holding beforehand, although reassuringly they still retain a combined 15%…

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