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Does Harley-Davidson Inc’s (NYSE:HOG) CEO Salary Reflect Performance?

Matt Levatich became the CEO of Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:HOG) in 2015. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Matt Levatich’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Harley-Davidson Inc is worth US$6.7b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$11m. (This number is for the twelve months until 2017). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.1m. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$4.0b to US$12b, we found the median CEO compensation was US$6.9m.

As you can see, Matt Levatich is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Harley-Davidson Inc is paying too much. 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 a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Harley-Davidson, below.

NYSE:HOG CEO Compensation November 29th 18

Is Harley-Davidson Inc Growing?

Over the last three years Harley-Davidson Inc has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 8.7% per year. Its revenue is up 4.8% over last year.

Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. The modest increase in revenue in the last year isn’t enough to make me overlook the disappointing change in earnings per share. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Harley-Davidson Inc Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 4.5%, Harley-Davidson Inc would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary…

We examined the amount Harley-Davidson Inc pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by 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.

Just as bad, share price gains for investors have failed to materialize, over the same period. In our opinion the CEO might be paid too generously! Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Harley-Davidson shares (free trial).

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past 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.