Miguel Ramis, Compass’ Head of European Operations, not a board director, but an individual of PDMR (person with direct management responsibility) has sold 120,000 shares at 355.89p leaving him with 548,000 shares (London Stock Exchange February 6th 2009).

Compass Group (CPG, 355p) have been a wonderful outperformer relative to the market, up 50% since we turned positive on the shares on March 18th (‘followthedirectors: The Compass points North‘) as a consequence of share purchases by Roy Gardner the Chairman, and Richard Cousins the CEO.

If you remember, the market had concerns over food price inflation, and whether or not Compass would be able to recover increased costs in their contracts.

The company statement announcing Ramis’ share sale describes him using the proceeds ‘used in repect of settlement of the specific lending obligations‘.  Doesn’t that mean he’s paying down a loan?

I interpret this as a lame excuse for his share sale, and I am happy to take profits on shares bought in March at 309p, a performance 50% better than that of the FTSE 100 index.

View on Compass Group: Negative

Strength of Signal: Medium