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Does Ambarella, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMBA) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

Casey Hall

In 2004 Fermi Wang was appointed CEO of Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBA). 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. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Fermi Wang’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Ambarella, Inc. is worth US$1.2b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$5.1m. (This figure is for the year to 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$340k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found the median CEO compensation was US$2.2m.

It would therefore appear that Ambarella, Inc. pays Fermi Wang more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn’t mean the remuneration is too high. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

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

NasdaqGS:AMBA CEO Compensation January 23rd 19

Is Ambarella, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Ambarella, Inc. has shrunk earnings per share by 71% each year. It saw its revenue drop -21% over the 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.

Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts. .

Has Ambarella, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 2.0% over three years, some Ambarella, Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn’t be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary…

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Ambarella, Inc., and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

Neither earnings per share nor revenue have been growing sufficiently fast to impress us, over the last three years.

Just as bad, share price gains for investors have failed to materialize, over the same period. In our opinion the CEO might be paid too generously! Shareholders may want to check for free if Ambarella insiders are buying or selling shares.

Or you might prefer this data-rich interactive visualization of historic revenue and earnings.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.