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

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Jack Barnes has been the CEO of People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT) since 2010. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for People's United Financial

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

At the time of writing, our data says that People's United Financial, Inc. has a market cap of US$7.3b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$5.7m for the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.1m. We further remind readers that the CEO may face performance requirements to receive the non-salary part of the total compensation. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$4.0b to US$12b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$6.7m.

So Jack Barnes is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at People's United Financial, below.

NasdaqGS:PBCT CEO Compensation, December 10th 2019

Is People's United Financial, Inc. Growing?

People's United Financial, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 16% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 13%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

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

With a three year total loss of 4.5%, People's United Financial, Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary...

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

We like that the company is growing EPS, but it's disappointing to see negative shareholder returns over three years. Considering the the positives we don't think the CEO pays is too high, but it's certainly hard to argue it is too low. So you may want to check if insiders are buying People's United Financial shares with their own money (free access).

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