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Does FS Bancorp, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FSBW) CEO Pay Matter?

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In 2011 Joe Adams was appointed CEO of FS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBW). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

Check out our latest analysis for FS Bancorp

How Does Joe Adams’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that FS Bancorp, Inc. has a market cap of US$221m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$988k. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2017). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$342k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$100m to US$400m, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$1.0m.

So Joe Adams is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn’t tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NasdaqCM:FSBW CEO Compensation, March 14th 2019

Is FS Bancorp, Inc. Growing?

FS Bancorp, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 23% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 10% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has FS Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 113% over three years, FS Bancorp, Inc. has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

Joe Adams is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! Shareholders may want to check for free if FS Bancorp insiders are buying or selling shares.

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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