This article will reflect on the compensation paid to José Fernández who has served as CEO of OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG) since 2004. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.
How Does Total Compensation For José Fernández Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?
At the time of writing, our data shows that OFG Bancorp has a market capitalization of US$722m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$2.9m for the year to December 2019. That is, the compensation was roughly the same as last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at US$865k.
In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, the reported median CEO total compensation was US$2.0m. This suggests that José Fernández is paid more than the median for the industry. Furthermore, José Fernández directly owns US$2.9m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.
Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 43% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 57% of the pie. It's interesting to note that OFG Bancorp allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.
OFG Bancorp's Growth
OFG Bancorp has reduced its earnings per share by 26% a year over the last three years. It saw its revenue drop 4.2% over the last year.
The decline in EPS is a bit concerning. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. Looking ahead, you might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for the company's future earnings..
Has OFG Bancorp Been A Good Investment?
We think that the total shareholder return of 82%, over three years, would leave most OFG Bancorp shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.
As we noted earlier, OFG Bancorp pays its CEO higher than the norm for similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. We feel that EPS have been a bit disappointing, but it's nice to see positive shareholder returns over the last three years. So while we would not say that José is generously paid, stockholders would want to see some EPS growth before agreeing that a raise is a good idea.
CEO compensation can have a massive impact on performance, but it's just one element. That's why we did some digging and identified 3 warning signs for OFG Bancorp that investors should think about before committing capital to this stock.
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