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Does Ahlers AG's (FRA:AAH) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?

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Stella Ahlers became the CEO of Ahlers AG (FRA:AAH) in 2005. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized 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 Stella Ahlers's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Ahlers AG has a market capitalization of €36m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth €425k over the year to November 2018. Notably, the salary of €480k is the vast majority of the CEO compensation. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under €183m, and the median CEO total compensation was €380k.

So Stella Ahlers is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

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

DB:AAH CEO Compensation, February 9th 2020

Is Ahlers AG Growing?

Over the last three years Ahlers AG has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 83% per year (measured with a line of best fit). Its revenue is down 4.4% over last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that earnings per share are lower over three years. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Ahlers AG Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 61%, Ahlers AG would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary...

Stella Ahlers is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

Returns have been disappointing and the company is not growing its earnings per share. Suffice it to say, we don't think the CEO is underpaid! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Ahlers shares with their own money (free access).

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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