Dan Akerson

GM CEO Akerson buys another half million dollars in company stock

General Motors announced late last week that company Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson has purchased another 25,000 shares of company stock – an amount worth over a half million dollars – increasing his total ownership to 272,838 shares.

When a high ranking member of the management team like Dan Akerson invests a large sum of money in a publicly traded company like General Motors, it shows that the people calling the shots believe in the future of the company. Akerson has repeatedly purchased fairly substantial chunks of GM stock with personal funds (as opposed to being awarded these shares as part of his compensation package) and this latest investment of $508,750 shows that while the stock price is low (very low, actually) – the man in charge still believes that the company has a bright future.

The most recent purchase of 25,000 shares of GM stock by Dan Akerson comes with a reported price of $20.35 per share which is quite a contrast from the $33.27 per share Akerson paid when he bought his first chunk of company stock in November 2010 following the company’s initial public offering (IPO). That original 15,000 shares cost him just under a half million dollars but with the continued drop in GM stock price; Akerson paid around $8,000 more this time around for 25,000 shares of common stock. Just considering the 15,000 that Akerson bought after the IPO, based on the current trading price of GM stock of $20.72 – Akerson is currently looking at a loss of $188,250. The good news is that should the price of GM stock rise to meet the IPO pricing – last week’s purchase of 25,000 shares at $20.35 per share would bring Akerson a profit of roughly $323,000.

This marks the fourth time that the GM CEO has made a personal investment in company stock with this collection of 25,000 shares joining the 15,000 that he bought around the time of the IPO in November 2010 along with 35,000 shares purchased in May 2011 and another 10,000 purchased in August 2011. The per share price for the May 2011 purchase was $31.50 and that dropped to $25.05 in August 2011. Based on current pricing, the 35,000 shares acquired in May present a loss of $337,300 while the August 2011 shares are currently setting his portfolio back by another $43,000.


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