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Is Customers Bancorp, Inc.'s (NYSE:CUBI) CEO Pay Justified?

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Jay Sidhu has been the CEO of Customers Bancorp, Inc. ( NYSE:CUBI ) since 2010. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Jay Sidhu's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Customers Bancorp, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$677m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.8m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That's actually a decrease on the year before. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$681k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$400m to US$1.6b. The median total CEO compensation was US$2.6m.

So Jay Sidhu 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 Customers Bancorp has changed over time.

NYSE:CUBI CEO Compensation, May 13th 2019

Is Customers Bancorp, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Customers Bancorp, Inc. has shrunk earnings per share by 15% each year (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is down -12%.

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. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Customers Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 16% over three years, many shareholders in Customers Bancorp, Inc. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn't be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary...

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

After looking at EPS and total shareholder returns, it's certainly hard to argue the company has performed well, since both metrics are down. Suffice it to say, we don't think the CEO is underpaid! Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Customers Bancorp shares (free trial).

Important note: Customers Bancorp 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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