Does S&T Bancorp, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:STBA) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

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Todd Brice became the CEO of S&T Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:STBA) in 2008. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Todd Brice’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that S&T Bancorp, Inc. has a market cap of US$1.4b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$1.5m. (This figure is for the year to 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$625k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and the median CEO compensation was US$3.4m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. However, before we heap on the praise, we should delve deeper to understand business performance.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at S&T Bancorp has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:STBA CEO Compensation, February 19th 2019
NasdaqGS:STBA CEO Compensation, February 19th 2019

Is S&T Bancorp, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, S&T Bancorp, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 11% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 1.7% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has S&T Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with S&T Bancorp, Inc. for providing a total return of 64% over three years. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don’t mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary…

It appears that S&T Bancorp, Inc. remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Todd Brice deserves a raise!

It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. It would be even more positive if company insiders are buying shares. So you may want to check if insiders are buying S&T Bancorp shares with their own money (free access).

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