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Does Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ACBI) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?

Simply Wall St

Doug Williams has been the CEO of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACBI) since 2006. 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. 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.

See our latest analysis for Atlantic Capital Bancshares

How Does Doug Williams's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. has a market cap of US$367m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$1.3m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$448k. 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$1.8m.

That means Doug Williams receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Atlantic Capital Bancshares has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:ACBI CEO Compensation, September 5th 2019
NasdaqGS:ACBI CEO Compensation, September 5th 2019

Is Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 54% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 25% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. has not done too badly by shareholders, with a total return of 4.0%, over three years. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary...

Doug Williams is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

The company is growing EPS but shareholder returns have been sound but not amazing. So considering these factors, we think the CEO pay is probably quite reasonable. Shareholders may want to check for free if Atlantic Capital Bancshares insiders are buying or selling shares.

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

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.

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. Thank you for reading.