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Does ESCO Technologies Inc.'s (NYSE:ESE) CEO Salary Reflect Performance?

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Vic Richey became the CEO of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) in 2003. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Vic Richey's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, ESCO Technologies Inc. has a market capitalization of US$2.1b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$3.8m. (This number is for the twelve months until September 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$825k. We examined companies with market caps from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$4.0m.

That means Vic Richey receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

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

NYSE:ESE CEO Compensation, July 12th 2019

Is ESCO Technologies Inc. Growing?

ESCO Technologies Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 27% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 10% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has ESCO Technologies Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 95% over three years, ESCO Technologies Inc. has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

Vic Richey is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! So you may want to check if insiders are buying ESCO Technologies shares with their own money (free access).

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