Independent Director Craig Ruppert Just Bought Shares In Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR)

Potential Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SASR) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Director, Craig Ruppert, recently bought US$350k worth of stock, paying US$25.33 for each share. That’s a very decent purchase to our minds and it grew their holding by a solid 16%.

See our latest analysis for Sandy Spring Bancorp

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Sandy Spring Bancorp

In fact, the recent purchase by Craig Ruppert was the biggest purchase of Sandy Spring Bancorp shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$21.79). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

While Sandy Spring Bancorp insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:SASR Recent Insider Trading, March 17th 2020
NasdaqGS:SASR Recent Insider Trading, March 17th 2020

Sandy Spring Bancorp is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Does Sandy Spring Bancorp Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Sandy Spring Bancorp insiders own about US$18m worth of shares. That equates to 2.4% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Sandy Spring Bancorp Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Sandy Spring Bancorp shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it’s beneficial to identify the risks facing Sandy Spring Bancorp. You’d be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for Sandy Spring Bancorp and we suggest you have a look.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.