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Does Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CZWI) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

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Steve Bianchi became the CEO of Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI) in 2016. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Steve Bianchi's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. has a market cap of US$118m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$547k. (This figure is for the year to September 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$314k. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations below US$200m, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$464k.

That means Steve Bianchi receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Citizens Community Bancorp has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGM:CZWI CEO Compensation, July 12th 2019

Is Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 4.9% per year (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 53%.

The reduction in earnings per share, over three years, is arguably concerning. But in contrast the revenue growth is strong, suggesting future potential for earnings growth. These two metric are moving in different directions, so while it's hard to be confident judging performance, we think the stock is worth watching. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. has not done too badly by shareholders, with a total return of 5.5%, 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...

Remuneration for Steve Bianchi is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

We think many would like to see better growth. While the CEO may not be underpaid, we don't think the pay is too generous either. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Citizens Community Bancorp.

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