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What Did First Capital, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FCAP) CEO Take Home Last Year?

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Bill Harrod became the CEO of First Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCAP) in 2000. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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

According to our data, First Capital, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$171m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$368k. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That's a fairly small increase of 5.3% on year before. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$220k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.1m.

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 Capital has changed over time.

NasdaqCM:FCAP CEO Compensation, May 21st 2019

Is First Capital, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, First Capital, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 14% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 4.6% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. We don't have analyst forecasts, but shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has First Capital, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 77%, over three years, would leave most First Capital, Inc. shareholders smiling. 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 First Capital, Inc. remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies. Many would consider this to indicate that the pay is modest since the business is growing. And given most shareholders are probably very happy with recent returns, you might even think that Bill Harrod 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. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at First Capital.

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