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Does J & J Snack Foods Corp.’s (NASDAQ:JJSF) CEO Pay Matter?

Peter Morris

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In 1971 Gerald Shreiber was appointed CEO of J & J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Gerald Shreiber’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that J & J Snack Foods Corp. has a market cap of US$2.9b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$3.9m. (This figure is for the year to 2018). That’s a modest increase of 5.9% on the prior year year. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$925k. 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$4.7m.

So Gerald Shreiber receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn’t tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at J & J Snack Foods has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:JJSF CEO Compensation, February 19th 2019

Is J & J Snack Foods Corp. Growing?

J & J Snack Foods Corp. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 1.9% over the 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 modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has J & J Snack Foods Corp. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with J & J Snack Foods Corp. for providing a total return of 48% over three years. 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…

Remuneration for Gerald Shreiber is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling J & J Snack Foods 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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