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What Did Pure Cycle Corporation's (NASDAQ:PCYO) CEO Take Home Last Year?

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Mark Harding became the CEO of Pure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ:PCYO) in 2005. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Mark Harding's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Pure Cycle Corporation is worth US$243m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$986k. (This figure is for the year to August 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$400k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.0m.

So Mark Harding is paid around the average of 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, below, how CEO compensation at Pure Cycle has changed over time.

NasdaqCM:PCYO CEO Compensation, May 10th 2019

Is Pure Cycle Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Pure Cycle Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 64% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 308% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business. We don't have analyst forecasts, but shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Pure Cycle Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 128% over three years, Pure Cycle Corporation has done well by shareholders. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

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

The company is growing earnings per share and total shareholder returns have been pleasing. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Pure Cycle 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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