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How Much is Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BWFG) CEO Getting Paid?

Becky Mayes

Chris Gruseke became the CEO of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. ( NASDAQ:BWFG ) in 2015. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Chris Gruseke’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$223m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$798k. (This number is for the twelve months until 2017). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$550k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$100m to US$400m, we found the median CEO compensation was US$947k.

That means Chris Gruseke receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. 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 Bankwell Financial Group has changed over time.

NasdaqGM:BWFG CEO Compensation January 22nd 19

Is Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Growing?

Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 20% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 11% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business.

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

Has Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. for providing a total return of 52% over three years. 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…

Chris Gruseke is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Bankwell Financial Group shares with their own money (free access).

Of course, the past can be informative so you might be interested in considering this analytical visualization showing the company history of earnings and revenue .

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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 .