Andrew Williams became the CEO of Halma plc (LON:HLMA) in 2005. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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.
How Does Andrew Williams's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
Our data indicates that Halma plc is worth UK£7.4b, and total annual CEO compensation is UK£3.4m. (This figure is for the year to March 2019). That's actually a decrease on the year before. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at UK£653k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of UK£3.3b to UK£9.8b. The median total CEO compensation was UK£2.8m.
So Andrew Williams receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.
You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Halma, below.
Is Halma plc Growing?
On average over the last three years, Halma plc has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 17% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 13% over the last year.
This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.
Has Halma plc Been A Good Investment?
I think that the total shareholder return of 92%, over three years, would leave most Halma plc shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.
Andrew Williams is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.
Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. 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 Halma shares (free trial).
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