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How Should Investors React To Bank First National Corporation's (NASDAQ:BFC) CEO Pay?

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Mike Molepske became the CEO of Bank First National Corporation (NASDAQ:BFC) in 2008. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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 Mike Molepske's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Bank First National Corporation has a market capitalization of US$388m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$847k. (This is based on the year to December 2017). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$413k. 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$1.5m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Mike Molepske takes less total compensation than the CEOs of most similar size companies, leaving more for shareholders. However, before we heap on the praise, we should delve deeper to understand business performance.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Bank First National has changed from year to year.

NasdaqCM:BFC CEO Compensation, April 3rd 2019

Is Bank First National Corporation Growing?

On average over the last three years, Bank First National Corporation has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 18% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 31% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Bank First National Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Bank First National Corporation for providing a total return of 126% over three years. 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...

It looks like Bank First National Corporation pays its CEO less than similar sized companies. Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. And given most shareholders are probably very happy with recent returns, you might even think that Mike Molepske deserves a raise!

It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. It would be even more positive if company insiders are buying shares. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Bank First National.

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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