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Is First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

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D. Jordan became the CEO of First Horizon National Corporation ( NYSE:FHN ) in 2008. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does D. Jordan's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that First Horizon National Corporation is worth US$4.3b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$4.3m. (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$897k. 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$5.3m.

That means D. Jordan receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. 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 First Horizon National, below.

NYSE:FHN CEO Compensation, June 4th 2019

Is First Horizon National Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years First Horizon National Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 18% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 30% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future .

Has First Horizon National Corporation Been A Good Investment?

First Horizon National Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 1.2% over three years, so most shareholders wouldn't be too disappointed. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

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

The company is growing EPS but shareholder returns have been sound but not amazing. So considering these factors, we think the CEO pay is probably quite reasonable. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at First Horizon National.

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