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Why Citizens, Inc.'s (NYSE:CIA) CEO Pay Matters To You

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Geoff Kolander has been the CEO of Citizens, Inc. (NYSE:CIA) since 2016. 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 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.

See our latest analysis for Citizens

How Does Geoff Kolander's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Citizens, Inc. has a market cap of US$353m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$2.0m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). Notably, that's an increase of 60% over the year before. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$700k. 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$1.8m.

So Geoff Kolander is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. 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 Citizens has changed over time.

NYSE:CIA CEO Compensation, June 19th 2019

Is Citizens, Inc. Growing?

Citizens, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 74% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). Revenue was pretty flat on last year.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. And the flat revenue is seriously uninspiring. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Citizens, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 13%, Citizens, Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary...

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

The company isn't growing EPS, and shareholder returns have been disappointing. So shareholders might not feel great about the fact that CEO pay increased on last year. Few would argue that it's wise for the company to pay any more, before returns improve. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Citizens (free visualization of insider trades).

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