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Is Agilent Technologies, Inc.'s (NYSE:A) CEO Salary Justified?

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Mike McMullen has been the CEO of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) since 2015. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

Check out our latest analysis for Agilent Technologies

How Does Mike McMullen's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Agilent Technologies, Inc. is worth US$22b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$12m. (This is based on the year to October 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.2m. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

So Mike McMullen 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, below, how CEO compensation at Agilent Technologies has changed over time.

NYSE:A CEO Compensation, June 13th 2019

Is Agilent Technologies, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Agilent Technologies, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 21% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 6.3% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Agilent Technologies, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 61% over three years, Agilent Technologies, Inc. has done well by shareholders. 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...

Mike McMullen is paid around the same as most CEOs of large 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! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Agilent Technologies (free visualization of insider trades).

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