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Is Avnet, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVT) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

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Bill Amelio became the CEO of Avnet, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVT) in 2016. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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.

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How Does Bill Amelio's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Avnet, Inc. has a market cap of US$4.7b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$7.2m. (This figure is for the year to June 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.0m. 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$5.2m.

As you can see, Bill Amelio is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Avnet, Inc. is paying too much. 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 Avnet has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:AVT CEO Compensation, May 16th 2019

Is Avnet, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Avnet, Inc. has shrunk earnings per share by 63% each year (measured with a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 7.1% over last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that earnings per share are lower over three years. And the modest revenue growth over 12 months isn't much comfort against the reduced earnings per share. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn't really justify a high pay packet for the CEO. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Avnet, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 19% over three years, Avnet, Inc. shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

We examined the amount Avnet, Inc. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

We think many shareholders would be underwhelmed with the business growth over the last three years.

And while shareholder returns have been respectable, they have hardly been superb. So we doubt many shareholders would consider the CEO pay to be particularly modest! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Avnet shares with their own money (free access).

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