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Does Group 1 Automotive, Inc.'s (NYSE:GPI) CEO Salary Reflect Performance?

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In 2005 Earl Hesterberg was appointed CEO of Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI). 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

Check out our latest analysis for Group 1 Automotive

How Does Earl Hesterberg's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Group 1 Automotive, Inc. is worth US$1.4b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$6.9m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.2m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$3.9m.

Thus we can conclude that Earl Hesterberg receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Group 1 Automotive, Inc.. 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.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Group 1 Automotive has changed from year to year.

NYSE:GPI CEO Compensation, July 10th 2019

Is Group 1 Automotive, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Group 1 Automotive, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 30% each year (using a line of best fit). Revenue was pretty flat on last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Group 1 Automotive, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 56% over three years, Group 1 Automotive, Inc. has done well by shareholders. 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...

We examined the amount Group 1 Automotive, Inc. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. In addition, shareholders have done well over the same time period. So, considering this good performance, the CEO compensation may be quite appropriate. Shareholders may want to check for free if Group 1 Automotive insiders are buying or selling shares.

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