Who Has Been Buying Banco de Sabadell, S.A. (BME:SAB) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Banco de Sabadell, S.A. (BME:SAB).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Banco de Sabadell Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when David Martínez Guzmán bought €246m worth of shares at a price of €1.36 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of €0.95. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. 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.

In the last twelve months insiders paid €512m for 383.5m shares purchased. While Banco de Sabadell 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!

BME:SAB Recent Insider Trading, July 8th 2019
BME:SAB Recent Insider Trading, July 8th 2019

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 0.2% of Banco de Sabadell shares, worth about €9.6m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Banco de Sabadell Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Banco de Sabadell insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Banco de Sabadell insiders bought more shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Banco de Sabadell, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Banco de Sabadell may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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