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Big Director Buys and Sells

Big Director Buys and Sells

No one knows a company quite as well as its directors, which is why it is worth keeping an eye on director buying and selling. 

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We have combed through UK director's deals and published the purchases and sales that caught our eyes. Our table is compiled using company announcements, and is not exhaustive. The table is ordered by aggregate value. 


Find out more about the companies whose directors are buying and selling in the links below

Former British Land (BLND) chief executive Chris Grigg has sold almost £1.9m in shares jointly owned with his wife Fionna, ahead of his departure from the group at the end of this year. Mr Grigg was replaced in the top job by former chief financial officer Simon Carter in November.

The new chief executive is tasked with reducing the commercial landlord’s exposure to the struggling retail sector, from which tenants paid only 62 per cent of rent due in respect of the final quarter by mid-November. That was in stark contrast to a collection rate of 97 per cent from its office portfolio and forced the group to record a further £44m in provisions for unpaid rent.

Insiders increased their exposure to Compass Group (CPG) the same week it revealed that the contract caterer had returned to profitability and a cash-neutral position in the fourth quarter of FY2020. Ian Meakins, a non-executive director and chairman-elect, purchased almost £821,000 in shares through a related third-party, while an individual associated with Ms Alison Yapp, group general counsel and company secretary, purchased almost £40,000 in shares. 

Meanwhile directors at software group Sage (SGE), including chief financial officer Jonathan Howell, followed up a recent mixed bag of results by showing their support for the business with purchases. 

CompanyDirector/PDMRDatePrice (p)Aggregate value (£)
Brewin Dolphin HoldingsRobin Beer (ce)26 Nov 20266100,890
CoatsJacqueline Callaway1 Dec 206649,544
CoatsDavid Gosnell25 Nov 206996,665
Compass GroupIan Meakins25 Nov 201,407820,862
FutureZillah Byng-Thorne30 Nov 201,68081,232
HomeserveOlivier Grémillon25 Nov 201,06226,550
Robert WaltersRon Mobed1 Dec 2046055,200
CompanyDirector/PDMRDatePrice (p)Aggregate value (£)
Alpha FMCEuan Fraser (gce)30 Nov 202302,397,971
British LandChris Grigg23 Nov 204741,042,162
British LandChris Grigg26 Nov 20475855,882
Gamma CommunicationsAndrew Stone27 Nov 201,62040,509
Gamma CommunicationsAndrew Stone30 Nov 201,620426,980
Hotel ChocolatMatthew Margereson30 Nov 20395101,456
IG Design GroupJohn Charlton30 Nov 20619217,712
Liontrust Asset MgmtJohn Ions (ce)25 Nov 201,417223,220
Liontrust Asset MgmtVinay Abrol (cfo)25 Nov 201,417223,220
Oxford BiomedicaAndrew Heath30 Nov 20869385,453

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