Several high-ranking executives at DraftKings, the prominent American gaming and entertainment company, have recently sold nearly $80 million worth of company shares over the past three weeks. The company’s Form 144 filings revealed that the stock sales began on January 22, 2024, and the most recent filings were submitted on February 8, 2024.
This news of executives offloading company shares comes just ahead of the scheduled release of DraftKings’ fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 financial results. The company announced that the financial report will be made public on February 15, 2024, followed by a conference call on February 16, 2024.
Among the executives who have sold DraftKings shares are CEO Jason Robins, co-founder Paul Liberman, and general counsel Stanton Dodge. Robins sold a total of 650,000 shares, amounting to approximately $26.91 million. Liberman offloaded 510,000 shares, totaling $20.4 million, while Dodge sold 738,878 shares, worth a total of $31.4 million.
While the timing of these share sales may raise concerns among financial analysts, there are currently no indicators of any negative impact. It is common for senior executives to sell shares in order to access cash, especially when their compensation includes equity in the company.
Notably, the recent Form 144 filings did not include sales from co-founder Matt Kalish or the company’s chief financial officer, Jason Park. However, the filings do not provide a specific reason behind the executives’ decision to sell their shares.
DraftKings, which was founded in 2012 by Robins, Liberman, and Kalish, remains a leading player in the gaming and betting industry. As the company prepares to release its latest financial results, the share sales by high-level executives have sparked interest and speculation within the financial community.