Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Google Eric Schmidt to Sell Millions of Shares

Google CEO Eric Schmidt: Let’s face it: not too many people are ever going to own millions of shares in one company, let alone a tech giant such as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).

Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Google FoundersWith that being said, executive chairman Eric Schmidt is more than your average guy. It appears that Schmidt has plans to sell more than 3 million Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) shares in the near future.

If you want to learn more about this, all you have to do is take a closer look at the 8-K filed with the SEC on Friday. You can read it here.

Below is a brief excerpt explaining the situation:

“On November 15, 2012, Eric E. Schmidt, Google's Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, adopted a stock trading plan in accordance with the guidelines specified in Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Google's Policy Against Insider Trading. In February 2013, sales of Eric's Google stock may commence under this trading plan.”
“The pre-arranged trading plan was adopted in order to allow Eric to sell a portion of his Google stock as part of his long-term strategy for individual asset diversification and liquidity. The stock transactions pursuant to this trading plan will be disclosed publicly through Form 4 and Form 144 filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Using this trading plan, Eric can diversify his investment portfolio and can spread stock trades out over a period of one year to reduce market impact.”
“As of December 31, 2012, Eric beneficially owned approximately 7.6 million shares of Class A and Class B common stock, which represented approximately 2.3% of Google's outstanding capital stock and approximately 8.2% of the voting power of Google's outstanding capital stock. Under the terms of this trading plan, Eric intends to sell up to approximately 3.2 million shares of Class A common stock. If, during the one-year period for which this trading plan is effective, Google declares and pays a dividend of one share of Class C capital stock for each share of Class A common stock and Class B common stock then outstanding, then a number of shares of Class C capital stock equivalent to the number of shares of Class A common stock subsequently sold, will also be sold under the trading plan. On a pro forma basis as of December 31, 2012, assuming all shares of Class A common stock (and excluding the shares of Class C capital stock to be issued pursuant to the dividend) had been sold under the trading plan, Eric would have owned approximately 4.4 million shares, which would have represented as of such date approximately 1.3% of Google's outstanding capital stock and approximately 5.0% of the voting power of Google's outstanding capital stock.”

Despite the fact that Schmidt has plans to sell $2.5 billion of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock, this is not everything that he owns in the company. In fact, it is only a 42 percent stake.

Why would he want to do this? Well, if you read the filing carefully, you will realize that Schmidt considers this nothing more than a long-term strategy for diversifying assets.

What are your thoughts on this? Is Schmidt making a good move?

Check back here for more updates on Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

DISCLOSURE: I have no positions in any stock mentioned.

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