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Does Capital City Bank Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CCBG) CEO Pay Matter?

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Bill Smith became the CEO of Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCBG) in 1995. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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

According to our data, Capital City Bank Group, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$398m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$940k. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). That's actually a decrease on the year before. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$400k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$200m to US$800m, and the median CEO total compensation was US$1.8m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Bill Smith 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, below, how CEO compensation at Capital City Bank Group has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:CCBG CEO Compensation, June 5th 2019

Is Capital City Bank Group, Inc. Growing?

Capital City Bank Group, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 33% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 9.3%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

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

Boasting a total shareholder return of 61% over three years, Capital City Bank Group, Inc. has done well by shareholders. 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 Capital City Bank Group, Inc. 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 Bill Smith deserves a raise!

It's not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are 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 Capital City Bank Group.

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