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Does Enservco Corporation's (NYSEMKT:ENSV) CEO Pay Matter?

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Ian Dickinson has been the CEO of Enservco Corporation (NYSEMKT:ENSV) since 2017. 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.

See our latest analysis for Enservco

How Does Ian Dickinson's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Enservco Corporation has a market cap of US$8.4m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$776k for the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$275k. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under US$200m, and the median CEO total compensation was US$512k.

Thus we can conclude that Ian Dickinson receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Enservco Corporation. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

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

AMEX:ENSV CEO Compensation, October 31st 2019

Is Enservco Corporation Growing?

On average over the last three years, Enservco Corporation has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 37% each year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 17%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Enservco Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 63% over three years, some Enservco Corporation shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Enservco Corporation, and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. However, the returns to investors are far less impressive, over the same period. While EPS is positive, we'd say shareholders would want better returns before the CEO is paid much more. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Enservco shares (free trial).

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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