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Does Summit Financial Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SMMF) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

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Charlie Maddy became the CEO of Summit Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMMF) in 1994. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

Check out our latest analysis for Summit Financial Group

How Does Charlie Maddy's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Summit Financial Group, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$336m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.3m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$468k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$200m to US$800m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.7m.

That means Charlie Maddy receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

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

NasdaqCM:SMMF CEO Compensation, July 15th 2019

Is Summit Financial Group, Inc. Growing?

Summit Financial Group, 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 1.0%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

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

Boasting a total shareholder return of 52% over three years, Summit Financial Group, Inc. has done well by shareholders. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary...

Charlie Maddy is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

The company is growing earnings per share and total shareholder returns have been pleasing. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. Shareholders may want to check for free if Summit Financial Group 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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