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Does FirstCash, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FCFS) CEO Pay Matter?

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In 2006 Rick Wessel was appointed CEO of FirstCash, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCFS). 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. 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.

View our latest analysis for FirstCash

How Does Rick Wessel's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, FirstCash, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$3.6b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$7.8m over the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.2m. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$4.9m.

It would therefore appear that FirstCash, Inc. pays Rick Wessel more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn't mean the remuneration is too high. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at FirstCash has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:FCFS CEO Compensation, January 30th 2020
NasdaqGS:FCFS CEO Compensation, January 30th 2020

Is FirstCash, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, FirstCash, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 29% each year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 3.8%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. 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 FirstCash, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 108%, over three years, would leave most FirstCash, Inc. shareholders smiling. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by FirstCash, Inc., and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling FirstCash (free visualization of insider trades).

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.

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