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Does People's United Financial, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PBCT) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

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In 2010 Jack Barnes was appointed CEO of People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT). 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Jack Barnes's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that People's United Financial, Inc. is worth US$6.3b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$5.7m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). Notably, that's an increase of 11% over the year before. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.1m. We examined companies with market caps from US$4.0b to US$12b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$6.9m.

That means Jack Barnes 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.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at People's United Financial has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:PBCT CEO Compensation, June 5th 2019

Is People's United Financial, Inc. Growing?

People's United Financial, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 15% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 9.1% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has People's United Financial, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

People's United Financial, Inc. has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 14% 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...

Jack Barnes is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

Shareholder returns could be better but shareholders would be pleased with the positive EPS growth. So considering these factors, we think the CEO pay is probably quite reasonable. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling People's United Financial (free visualization of insider trades).

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