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What Did Abraxas Petroleum Corporation's (NASDAQ:AXAS) CEO Take Home Last Year?

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Bob Watson has been the CEO of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) since 1977. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Bob Watson's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Abraxas Petroleum Corporation is worth US$198m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$853k. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). That's below the compensation, last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$505k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$100m to US$400m, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$1.1m.

So Bob Watson 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 Abraxas Petroleum has changed over time.

NasdaqCM:AXAS CEO Compensation, June 15th 2019

Is Abraxas Petroleum Corporation Growing?

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 126% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 32% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Abraxas Petroleum Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation has not done too badly by shareholders, with a total return of 3.5%, over three years. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary...

Remuneration for Bob Watson is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Shareholder returns could be better but shareholders would be pleased with the positive EPS growth. So upon reflection one could argue that the CEO pay is quite reasonable. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Abraxas Petroleum shares with their own money (free access).

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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