Should You Worry About Norwood Financial Corp.’s (NASDAQ:NWFL) CEO Salary Level?

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In 2010 Lew Critelli was appointed CEO of Norwood Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:NWFL). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Lew Critelli’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Norwood Financial Corp. is worth US$206m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$582k. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). We note that’s an increase of 10% above last year. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$325k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$100m to US$400m, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$1.0m.

A first glance this seems like a real positive for shareholders, since Lew Critelli is paid less than the average total compensation paid by similar sized companies. Though positive, it’s important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Norwood Financial has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGM:NWFL CEO Compensation, May 8th 2019
NasdaqGM:NWFL CEO Compensation, May 8th 2019

Is Norwood Financial Corp. Growing?

Norwood Financial Corp. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 28% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 6.4% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. Although we don’t have analyst forecasts, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Norwood Financial Corp. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Norwood Financial Corp. for providing a total return of 97% over three years. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary…

It appears that Norwood Financial Corp. remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies. Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Lew Critelli deserves a raise!

It’s not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Norwood Financial shares with their own money (free access).

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