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Have Insiders 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. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell Banco de Sabadell, S.A. (BME:SAB), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

See our latest analysis for Banco de Sabadell

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Banco de Sabadell

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider David Manuel Martínez Guzmán bought €20m worth of shares at a price of €0.94 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of €1.04. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. The good news for Banco de Sabadell share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months Banco de Sabadell insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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, October 23rd 2019

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Insiders at Banco de Sabadell Have Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Banco de Sabadell insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Specifically, GM, CRO & Executive Director David Vegara Figueras bought €46k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Banco de Sabadell Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Banco de Sabadell insiders own about €11m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Banco de Sabadell Insiders?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Banco de Sabadell insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. 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.

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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.

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