Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. President and CEO Kip Smith on Thursday sent a message about his outlook for the battered shares of the Franklin-based company. Smith forked over nearly $100,000 to buy 196,000 shares of Noranda, which has lost more than 80 percent of its value (Ticker: NOR) so far this year as prices for its final products have fallen and its board has said it will evaluate its strategic options. The move boosted his stake in the company by more than a quarter.
Outgoing Dollar General CFO David Tehle late last week cashed in some of his stock holdings. The 58-year-old, who will step down in a few weeks, exercised about 23,000 options that would have expired between 2022 and 2024, paying between $45 and $58 to do so. He then sold more than 36,000 shares — almost three-fourths of this total holdings — for an average of almost $78 per share. Tehle's take from the transactions was almost $1.7 million.
HCA Holdings Group President Charles Hall, who oversees the hospital giant's operations in 12 states, has become the latest executive at the company to cash in some of his paper gains. Hall on Tuesday exercised 50,000 options that would have expired in early 2017 for about $5 apiece and then sold the same number of shares at more than $82 each. His profit on the transactions totaled more than $3.8 million.
By our count, HCA execs have now booked stock or option-related gains of more than $49 million in the past six weeks. An overview of our coverage of insider trades is here.
Louisiana-Pacific director Kurt Landgraf has cashed in some of his stock options in the building materials manufacturer. Landgraf, a former president and CEO of Educational Testing Service, last Thursday converted almost 37,000 options that would have expired from 2018 to 2022 and then sold that number of shares. His profit on the deal topped $320,000. Shares of downtown-based LP (Ticker: LPX) have surged from $15.24 to almost $18 this month and are now up 8 percent year to date.
Another senior executive at HCA Holdings has booked a juicy profit on some of his stock options holdings. Senior Vice President Vic Campbell, who leads the hospital giant's government and investor relations group, last Friday exercised almost 37,000 options that would have expired next January before selling that many shares on the open market. His gains on those transactions totaled more than $2.6 million.
Campbell's sale came shortly after Jon Foster and Juan Vallarino last week booked combined profits of $3.5 million. Shares of HCA (Ticker: HCA) were changing hands late this morning at $78.81, up 1.4 percent. Year to date, they've climbed 7 percent.
Two HCA Holdings executives last week booked some profits on their stock options. A trading plan set up earlier this year by Jon Foster (pictured here), president of HCA's American group of 80 hospitals, was able to bank more than $2.3 million by exercising 36,000 options and then selling that number of shares for more than six times as much. In addition, Juan Vallarino, senior vice president of employer and payer engagement, exercised about 17,000 options that would have expired in mid-2019 and then sold the same number of shares. His profit on the transaction totals a little more than $1.2 million.
Shares of HCA (Ticker: HCA) are changing hands this morning at $77.12. They've risen 12 percent over the past three months and 5 percent year to date.
HCA Holdings on Friday paid $294 million to buy back a big block of its shares from Bain Capital, one of the firms that took the hospital giant private back in 2006 and then public again less than five years later. The purchase is the third such deal in a year — HCA paid $750 million in May and $558 million in December to cut Bain's stake to less than 3 percent — and helps completely cash out the firm.
The Securities and Exchange Commission filing from HCA also details that the company has been very active on the buyback front since announcing a $1 billion plan in early February: The Bain purchase brings to no less than $745 million the company's outlays over the past 11 weeks. Over that time, HCA shares (Ticker: HCA) are up 12 percent.
HCA Holdings COO Sam Hazen has taken advantage of the record run in the hospital giant's shares — they're up 60 percent in the past year (Ticker: HCA) — via his option holdings for the second time in four months. Last Wednesday, a stock trading plan set up by Hazen last summer exercised 180,000 options for $5.31 each and then sold the same number of shares at $80 apiece. His gain on those transactions topped $13.4 million. Hazen's plan — which late last year also generated almost $11 million in profits — also paid a little more than $2 million to exercise another 180,000 options before forfaiting about half of those to cover its expenses. The moves leave Hazen, who was named to his current position in January, with almost $10 million in direct holdings.
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