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Does MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MOFG) CEO Pay Matter?

Michael Canly

Charlie Funk became the CEO of MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOFG) in 2008. 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.

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How Does Charlie Funk’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$321m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$638k. (This figure is for the year to 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$422k. We examined companies with market caps from US$200m to US$800m, and discovered that the median CEO compensation of that group was US$1.5m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. However, before we heap on the praise, we should delve deeper to understand business performance.

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

NASDAQGS:MOFG CEO Compensation January 29th 19

Is MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 7.6% per year. Its revenue is up 11% over last year.

Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. And while it’s good to see some good revenue growth recently, the growth isn’t really fast enough for me to put aside my concerns around earnings. It’s hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration.

Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts. .

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

Since shareholders would have lost about 0.02% over three years, some MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary…

It appears that MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies.

Shareholders should note that compensation for Charlie Funk is under the median of a group of similar sized companies. But then, EPS growth is lacking and so are the returns to shareholders. Considering all these factors, we’d stop short of saying the CEO pay is too high, but we don’t think shareholders would want to see a pay rise before business performance improves. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling MidWestOne Financial Group (free visualization of insider trades).

Or you might prefer gaze upon this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.