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Does Community Bankers Trust Corporation's (NASDAQ:ESXB) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

Simply Wall St
·3 min read

Rex Smith has been the CEO of Community Bankers Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:ESXB) since 2010. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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 Community Bankers Trust

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

Our data indicates that Community Bankers Trust Corporation is worth US$208m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$943k for the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$420k. 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.

That means Rex Smith 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 a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Community Bankers Trust, below.

NasdaqCM:ESXB CEO Compensation, January 29th 2020
NasdaqCM:ESXB CEO Compensation, January 29th 2020

Is Community Bankers Trust Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Community Bankers Trust Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 19% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 6.2%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Community Bankers Trust Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Community Bankers Trust Corporation has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 26% over three years. But they probably don't want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

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

Shareholder returns could be better but shareholders would be pleased with the positive EPS growth. As a result of these considerations, I would suggest the CEO pay is reasonable. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Community Bankers Trust.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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.

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. Thank you for reading.