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.
At this pace, it'll be a while before recently retired Kirkland's leader Robert Alderson unloads all of his shares in the home goods retailer. A trading plan set up by the 68-year-old, who is still a director of Brentwood-based Kirkland's, last Thursday sold 15,000 shares — about 2 percent of his total holdings — for more than $350,000. Shares of Kirkland's (Ticker: KIRK) are down slightly this morning to $22.45 and have slipped about 5 percent so far this year.
Justin Hutchens, president and CEO of National Health Investors, this week sold about 8 percent of his shares in the company, grossing almost $420,000. The move came after NHI stock shares rose more than 6 percent in about three weeks to get back into positive territory for the year. The stock (Ticker: NHI) is up 25 percent over the past six months. Hutchens still directly owns $4.8 million worth of the Murfreesboro-based company.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store board member Andrea Weiss this week cashed in some of her paper profits by selling a fifth of her shares as well as some stock options she exercised. Weiss, a veteran retail executive who has in the past helped run Delia's and The Limited among others, banked more than $450,000 from the transactions.
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