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Zoom insiders dumped $119M in company stock this month — 4x their sales in May

Zoom insiders have now sold nearly a quarter-billion dollars in stock this year

Zoom Video execs have already sold more company stock in June than at any other point this year, generating $119 million for just 7 insiders.

Zoom Video company director Carl Eschenbach unloaded more stock than any other insider this month. The Sequoia Capital partner sold almost 381,000 shares for an average price of $214.29 in the first week of June  a cool $81.6 million.

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After a lull in May and April, the dumping is back! (data Finviz, SEC, chart Flourish)

Four more directors at the video comms darling joined in. On June 19, Santiago Subotovsky sold 73,168 shares for $240.60 via their venture capital firm Emergence (a ‘10% owner‘), a total haul of $17.6 million.

Bart Swanson of Horizon Ventures generated $9 million, while ServiceNow’s Jonathon Chadwick and Mangrove Digital’s Kimberly Hammonds sold $2.35 million and $643,000 in stock respectively.

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As for C-level execs: Zoom Video COO Aparna Bawa pocketed $5.2 million by selling 237,219 shares for an average price of $200. Kelly Steckelberg, the company‘s CFO, made less money but got a better deal: 11,000 shares for $240.49 on average made $2.7 million.

If you were a Zoom insider, you’d be dumping shares too

Since becoming synonymous with remote work and education in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, $ZM has skyrocketed from $70 to beyond $250, up 260% in just four months.

In total, insiders sold almost 550,000 company shares in June  more than triple the amount sold last month.

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Zoom stonk does indeed go up. (Chart courtesy of Google).

As one might except, the company‘s chief exec Eric Yuan has sold more Zoom Video stock than any other insider this year, earning him $78.2 million. He’s followed by CMO Janine Pelosi, who’s rid herself of $51.3 million worth of Zoom Video shares in 2020.

Back in April, Hard Fork reported that Zoom Video execs had sold millions in company stock in the weeks leading up to a spate of bad publicity for the app, notably security flaws, apparent links to China, and the gamification of ‘Zoombombing.’

At the time, a company spokesperson confirmed that “certain Zoom executives and Board members have pre-set trading plans” that execute trades at predetermined times with no input at all from the individual.

In Zoom Video’s case, insiders set them between 45 days and three months before their first trade.

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Zoom Video CEO has dumped the most stock this year. (data Finviz, SEC, chart Flourish)

According to the related SEC filings, just one sale from June was made outside of a plan: director Subtovsky’s $17.6 million sale.

Still, pre-set trading plans have contributed to a total of $234.1 million dumped by Zoom Video insiders in 2020  almost a quarter-billion dollars  all while $ZM continues to regularly hit new highs (it set a new price record only yesterday).

Shoutouts to their stock brokers.

Published June 24, 2020 — 11:36 UTC