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What Did Donaldson Company, Inc.'s (NYSE:DCI) CEO Take Home Last Year?

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Tod Carpenter became the CEO of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) in 2015. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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 Tod Carpenter's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Donaldson Company, Inc. is worth US$7.1b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$6.3m for the year to July 2019. That's a fairly small increase of 5.6% on year before. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$970k. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$4.0b to US$12b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$6.5m.

So Tod Carpenter is paid around the average of 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.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Donaldson Company has changed from year to year.

NYSE:DCI CEO Compensation, January 8th 2020

Is Donaldson Company, Inc. Growing?

Donaldson Company, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). The trailing twelve months of revenue was pretty much the same as the prior period.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Donaldson Company, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 41% over three years, Donaldson Company, Inc. has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

Tod Carpenter is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Donaldson Company shares (free trial).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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