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Is AtriCure, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ATRC) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?

Simply Wall St

Mike Carrel has been the CEO of AtriCure, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRC) since 2012. 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 method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

See our latest analysis for AtriCure

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

Our data indicates that AtriCure, Inc. is worth US$1.2b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$3.8m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$714k. 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.

Thus we can conclude that Mike Carrel receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to AtriCure, Inc.. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at AtriCure has changed over time.

NasdaqGM:ATRC CEO Compensation, December 2nd 2019

Is AtriCure, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years AtriCure, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 28% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 14% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has AtriCure, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 59%, over three years, would leave most AtriCure, Inc. shareholders smiling. 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...

We compared total CEO remuneration at AtriCure, Inc. with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. In addition, shareholders have done well over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. Shareholders may want to check for free if AtriCure insiders are buying or selling shares.

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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