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Ana Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O'Shea Is The Group Executive Chairman of Banco Santander, S.A. (BME:SAN) And They Just Spent €3.4m On Shares

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Banco Santander, S.A. (BME:SAN) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Group Executive Chairman, Ana Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O'Shea, recently bought a whopping €3.4m worth of stock, at a price of €3.39. There's no denying a buy of that magnitude suggests conviction in a brighter future, although we do note that proportionally it only increased their holding by 3.9%.

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Banco Santander Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Non-Independent Non-executive Director Francisco Javier Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O’Shea made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for €12m worth of shares at a price of €3.75 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than €3.24 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

While Banco Santander insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

BME:SAN Recent Insider Trading, March 4th 2020

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Banco Santander insiders own about €477m worth of shares (which is 0.9% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Banco Santander Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Banco Santander. Nice! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Banco Santander you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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