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What Did ONEOK, Inc.'s (NYSE:OKE) CEO Take Home Last Year?

Simply Wall St

Terry Spencer became the CEO of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) in 2014. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large companies. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Terry Spencer's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that ONEOK, Inc. has a market cap of US$29b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$7.1m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$800k. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$11m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts - even though some are quite a bit bigger than others).

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most large companies pay more, leaving less for shareholders. However, before we heap on the praise, we should delve deeper to understand business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at ONEOK has changed over time.

NYSE:OKE CEO Compensation, September 4th 2019

Is ONEOK, Inc. Growing?

ONEOK, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 28% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It saw its revenue drop -7.8% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Revenue growth is a real positive for growth, but ultimately profits are more important. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has ONEOK, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 67% over three years, ONEOK, 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...

ONEOK, Inc. is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for large companies. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Terry Spencer deserves a raise!

It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. But it is even better if company insiders are also buying shares with their own money. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling ONEOK (free visualization of insider trades).

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