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Is CenterState Bank Corporation's (NASDAQ:CSFL) CEO Salary Justified?

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In 2015 John Corbett was appointed CEO of CenterState Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:CSFL). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

See our latest analysis for CenterState Bank

How Does John Corbett's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, CenterState Bank Corporation has a market capitalization of US$2.9b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$2.4m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$675k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$2.0b to US$6.4b. The median total CEO compensation was US$5.1m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that John Corbett takes less total compensation than the CEOs of most similar size companies, leaving more for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you'll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at CenterState Bank has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:CSFL CEO Compensation, August 6th 2019

Is CenterState Bank Corporation Growing?

CenterState Bank Corporation 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 56% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has CenterState Bank Corporation Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 38%, over three years, would leave most CenterState Bank Corporation shareholders smiling. 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 CenterState Bank Corporation remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies. 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 John Corbett deserves a raise!

It's not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. 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 CenterState Bank (free visualization of insider trades).

If you want to buy a stock that is better than CenterState Bank, this free list of high return, low debt companies is a great place to look.

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