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Should You Worry About German American Bancorp, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GABC) CEO Pay?

Sebastian Eder

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Mark Schroeder has been the CEO of German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GABC) since 1999. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Mark Schroeder’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, German American Bancorp, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$730m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.1m. (This number is for the twelve months until 2017). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$375k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$400m to US$1.6b, and the median CEO compensation was US$2.2m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Mark Schroeder takes less compensation than the CEOs of most similar size companies, leaving more for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you’ll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at German American Bancorp, below.

NASDAQGS:GABC CEO Compensation February 1st 19

Is German American Bancorp, Inc. Growing?

German American Bancorp, 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). In the last year, its revenue is up 15%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business.

You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has German American Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 51%, over three years, would leave most German American Bancorp, Inc. shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

German American Bancorp, Inc. is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for companies of its size. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Mark Schroeder 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. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling German American Bancorp shares (free trial).

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past earnings and revenue.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.