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Is ATN International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

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Michael Prior became the CEO of ATN International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI) in 2005. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

Check out our latest analysis for ATN International

How Does Michael Prior's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that ATN International, Inc. is worth US$885m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$2.9m for the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$615k. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. 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 Michael Prior is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at ATN International has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:ATNI CEO Compensation, January 1st 2020

Is ATN International, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years ATN International, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is down 3.7%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. While it would be good to see revenue growth, profits matter more in the end. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has ATN International, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 31%, ATN International, Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary...

Michael Prior is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

We'd say the company can boast of its EPS growth, but we cannot say the same about the lacklustre shareholder returns (over the last three years). Considering the the positives we don't think the CEO pays is too high, but it's certainly hard to argue it is too low. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling ATN International (free visualization of insider trades).

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