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Does Comfort Systems USA, Inc.'s (NYSE:FIX) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

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Brian Lane became the CEO of Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX) in 2011. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

See our latest analysis for Comfort Systems USA

How Does Brian Lane's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Comfort Systems USA, Inc. is worth US$1.8b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$3.3m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). We note that's an increase of 36% above last year. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$715k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$4.1m.

So Brian Lane receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Comfort Systems USA, below.

NYSE:FIX CEO Compensation, June 10th 2019

Is Comfort Systems USA, Inc. Growing?

Comfort Systems USA, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 25% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 21%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Comfort Systems USA, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Comfort Systems USA, Inc. for providing a total return of 58% over three years. 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 Brian Lane 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. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Comfort Systems USA (free visualization of insider trades).

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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