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Is First Financial Northwest Inc (NASDAQ:FFNW) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

Joe Kiley has been the CEO of First Financial Northwest Inc (NASDAQ:FFNW) since 2013. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Joe Kiley’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that First Financial Northwest Inc is worth US$156m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$728k. That’s a notable increase of 18% on last year. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$943k.

That means Joe Kiley receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn’t tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at First Financial Northwest has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:FFNW CEO Compensation November 2nd 18

Is First Financial Northwest Inc Growing?

Over the last three years First Financial Northwest Inc has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 29% per year. Its revenue is up 28% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business.

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

Has First Financial Northwest Inc Been A Good Investment?

First Financial Northwest Inc has generated a total shareholder return of 26% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they probably wouldn’t be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary…

Joe Kiley is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

We would wish for better returns (whether dividends or capital gains) but we do admire the solid EPS growth on show here. So upon reflection one could argue that the CEO pay is quite reasonable. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling First Financial Northwest Inc (free visualization of insider trades).

Of course, the past can be informative so you might be interested in considering this analytical visualization showing the company history of 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.