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Does Enstar Group Limited’s (NASDAQ:ESGR) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

Gerald Huddleston

Dominic Silvester has been the CEO of Enstar Group Limited (NASDAQ:ESGR) since 2001. 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 Dominic Silvester’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Enstar Group Limited is worth US$3.7b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$17m. (This is based on the year to 2017). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$2.4m. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, we found the median CEO compensation was US$4.9m.

Thus we can conclude that Dominic Silvester receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Enstar Group Limited. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the pay is too high. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Enstar Group, below.

NasdaqGS:ESGR CEO Compensation January 23rd 19

Is Enstar Group Limited Growing?

On average over the last three years, Enstar Group Limited has shrunk earnings per share by 15% each year. Its revenue is down -3.3% over last year.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. And the impression is worse when you consider revenue is down year-on-year. It’s hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration.

We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Enstar Group Limited Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 16% over three years, Enstar Group Limited shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they probably wouldn’t be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary…

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Enstar Group Limited, 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.

We think many shareholders would be underwhelmed with the business growth over the last three years.

And while shareholder returns have been respectable, they have hardly been superb. So we doubt many shareholders would consider the CEO pay to be particularly modest! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Enstar Group shares with their own money (free access).

Or you might rather take a peek at this analytical visualization of historic cash flow, earnings and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.