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Is Capital City Bank Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CCBG) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?

Simply Wall St

Bill Smith became the CEO of Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCBG) in 1995. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

Check out our latest analysis for Capital City Bank Group

How Does Bill Smith's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Capital City Bank Group, Inc. is worth US$485m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$940k for the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$400k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$200m to US$800m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.7m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. Though positive, it's important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Capital City Bank Group has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:CCBG CEO Compensation, December 2nd 2019
NasdaqGS:CCBG CEO Compensation, December 2nd 2019

Is Capital City Bank Group, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Capital City Bank Group, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 38% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 11% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Capital City Bank Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Capital City Bank Group, Inc. for providing a total return of 65% 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...

Capital City Bank Group, Inc. is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for companies of its size.

Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. The pleasing shareholder returns are the cherry on top; you might even consider that Bill Smith deserves a raise! It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. But it is even better if company insiders are also 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 Capital City Bank Group (free visualization of insider trades).

Important note: Capital City Bank Group may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.