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Should You Worry About Flushing Financial Corporation's (NASDAQ:FFIC) CEO Pay Cheque?

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In 2005 John Buran was appointed CEO of Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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 Flushing Financial

How Does John Buran's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Flushing Financial Corporation is worth US$612m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$2.2m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.1m. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$2.7m.

So John Buran receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

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

NasdaqGS:FFIC CEO Compensation, October 23rd 2019

Is Flushing Financial Corporation Growing?

Flushing Financial Corporation has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 11% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). It saw its revenue drop 3.4% over the last year.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. And the impression is worse when you consider revenue is down year-on-year. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Flushing Financial Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Flushing Financial Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 5.6% over three years, so most shareholders wouldn't be too disappointed. But they probably don't want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

John Buran is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

The company isn't growing earnings per share, and nor have the total returns inspired us. We're not saying the CEO pay is too generous, but one might argue that the company should improve returns to shareholders before increasing it. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Flushing Financial (free visualization of insider trades).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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