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Should You Worry About First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FIBK) CEO Salary Level?

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Kevin Riley became the CEO of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIBK) in 2015. 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 we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

Check out our latest analysis for First Interstate BancSystem

How Does Kevin Riley's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. is worth US$2.6b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$2.5m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). Notably, that's an increase of 39% over the year before. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$741k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$5.2m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. Though positive, it's important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at First Interstate BancSystem has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:FIBK CEO Compensation, June 29th 2019

Is First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. Growing?

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 12% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 55%, over three years, would leave most First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. shareholders smiling. 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 appears that First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. And given most shareholders are probably very happy with recent returns, you might even think that Kevin Riley deserves a raise!

It's not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling First Interstate BancSystem (free visualization of insider trades).

Important note: First Interstate BancSystem 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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