Is First Commonwealth Financial Corporation (NYSE:FCF) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

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In 2012 Mike Price was appointed CEO of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation (NYSE:FCF). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Mike Price’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, First Commonwealth Financial Corporation has a market capitalization of US$1.4b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.0m. (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$459k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$1.0b to US$3.2b. The median total 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. While this is a good thing, you’ll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at First Commonwealth Financial has changed over time.

NYSE:FCF CEO Compensation February 18th 19
NYSE:FCF CEO Compensation February 18th 19

Is First Commonwealth Financial Corporation Growing?

On average over the last three years, First Commonwealth Financial Corporation has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 19% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 8.3% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has First Commonwealth Financial Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with First Commonwealth Financial Corporation for providing a total return of 75% over three years. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

It looks like First Commonwealth Financial Corporation pays its CEO less than 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 Mike Price deserves a raise!

Most shareholders like to see a modestly paid CEO combined with strong performance by the company. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling First Commonwealth Financial (free visualization of insider trades).

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