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Should You Worry About BankFinancial Corporation's (NASDAQ:BFIN) CEO Salary Level?

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F. Gasior has been the CEO of BankFinancial Corporation (NASDAQ:BFIN) since 2004. 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.

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How Does F. Gasior's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, BankFinancial Corporation has a market capitalization of US$188m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$602k. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$440k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$100m to US$400m, and the median CEO total compensation was US$1.2m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that F. Gasior takes less total compensation than the CEOs of most similar size companies, leaving more for shareholders. Though positive, it's important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at BankFinancial, below.

NasdaqGS:BFIN CEO Compensation, September 15th 2019

Is BankFinancial Corporation Growing?

BankFinancial Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 40% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 4.6% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has BankFinancial Corporation Been A Good Investment?

BankFinancial Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 3.6% over three years, so most shareholders wouldn't be too disappointed. 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...

It appears that BankFinancial Corporation remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. While returns over the last few years haven't been top notch, there is nothing to suggest to us that F. Gasior is overcompensated.

It's good to see reasonable payment of the CEO, even while the business improves. It would be an additional positive if insiders are buying shares. Shareholders may want to check for free if BankFinancial insiders are buying or selling shares.

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