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How Should Investors Feel About Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CZWI) CEO Pay?

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Steve Bianchi has been the CEO of Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI) since 2016. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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.

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How Does Steve Bianchi's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. has a market cap of US$135m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$547k for the year to September 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$315k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under US$200m, and the median CEO total compensation was US$523k.

That means Steve Bianchi 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 a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Citizens Community Bancorp, below.

NasdaqGM:CZWI CEO Compensation, January 29th 2020

Is Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. Growing?

Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 7.4% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 18% over the last year.

This revenue growth could really point to a brighter future. And, while modest, the earnings per share growth is noticeable. So while performance isn't amazing, we think it really does seem quite respectable. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 2.5% over three years, Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. has done okay by shareholders. But they probably don't want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

Remuneration for Steve Bianchi is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

We think many would like to see better growth. While the CEO may not be underpaid, we don't think the pay is too generous either. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Citizens Community Bancorp.

Important note: Citizens Community Bancorp may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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