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Is Booking Holdings Inc.'s (NASDAQ:BKNG) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?

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Glenn Fogel became the CEO of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG) in 2017. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big 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 method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Glenn Fogel's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Booking Holdings Inc. has a market cap of US$81b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$20m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$750k. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. Once you start looking at very large companies, you need to take a broader range, because there simply aren't that many of them.

As you can see, Glenn Fogel is paid more than the median CEO pay at large companies, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Booking Holdings Inc. is paying too much. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Booking Holdings has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:BKNG CEO Compensation, July 11th 2019

Is Booking Holdings Inc. Growing?

Booking Holdings 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 9.5% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Booking Holdings Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 40% over three years, Booking Holdings 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...

We compared total CEO remuneration at Booking Holdings Inc. with the amount paid at other large companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. So, considering this good performance, the CEO compensation may be quite appropriate. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Booking Holdings shares (free trial).

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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