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Does United Community Financial Corp’s (NASDAQ:UCFC) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?

In 2014 Gary Small was appointed CEO of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC). 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 – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

View our latest analysis for United Community Financial

How Does Gary Small’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that United Community Financial Corp has a market cap of US$476m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$933k. (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$450k. 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$1.6m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you’ll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

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

NasdaqGS:UCFC CEO Compensation December 3rd 18

Is United Community Financial Corp Growing?

United Community Financial Corp has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 24% a year, over the last three years It achieved revenue growth of 13% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing.

You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has United Community Financial Corp Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 69%, over three years, would leave most United Community Financial Corp shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

It looks like United Community Financial Corp pays its CEO less than similar sized companies. Many would consider this to indicate that the pay is modest since the business is growing. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Gary Small deserves a raise!

Most shareholders like to see a modestly paid CEO combined with strong performance by the company. But it is even better if company insiders are also buying shares with their own money. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling United Community Financial shares (free trial).

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past earnings and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.