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Does Bank First National Corporation's (NASDAQ:BFC) CEO Pay Matter?

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Mike Molepske has been the CEO of Bank First National Corporation (NASDAQ:BFC) since 2008. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Mike Molepske's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Bank First National Corporation has a market capitalization of US$437m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$929k. (This is based on the year to December 2018). That's a notable increase of 13% on last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$425k. We examined companies with market caps from US$200m to US$800m, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$1.7m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Mike Molepske takes less total compensation than the CEOs of most similar size companies, leaving more for shareholders. Though positive, it's important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Bank First National, below.

NasdaqCM:BFC CEO Compensation, May 10th 2019

Is Bank First National Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Bank First National Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 20% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 15% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Bank First National Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Bank First National Corporation for providing a total return of 148% over three years. 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...

Bank First National Corporation is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for companies of its size. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Mike Molepske deserves a raise!

It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. It would be even more positive if company insiders are buying shares. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Bank First National (free visualization of insider trades).

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