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Does FBL Financial Group, Inc.'s (NYSE:FFG) CEO Pay Matter?

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Jim Brannen has been the CEO of FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:FFG) since 2012. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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.

View our latest analysis for FBL Financial Group

How Does Jim Brannen's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that FBL Financial Group, Inc. has a market cap of US$1.5b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$2.9m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That's less than last year. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$787k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$4.1m.

That means Jim Brannen receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at FBL Financial Group, below.

NYSE:FFG CEO Compensation, June 13th 2019

Is FBL Financial Group, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, FBL Financial Group, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 11% each year (using a line of best fit). The trailing twelve months of revenue was pretty much the same as the prior period.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has FBL Financial Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

FBL Financial Group, Inc. has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 20% over three years. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

Jim Brannen 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. 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 FBL Financial Group.

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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