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Does Marathon Oil Corporation's (NYSE:MRO) CEO Salary Reflect Performance?

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Lee Tillman has been the CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) since 2013. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other large 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 Lee Tillman's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Marathon Oil Corporation has a market cap of US$14b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$10m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2017). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.1m. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

So Lee Tillman 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 Marathon Oil has changed over time.

NYSE:MRO CEO Compensation, March 30th 2019

Is Marathon Oil Corporation Growing?

Marathon Oil Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 73% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 34% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Marathon Oil Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 64% over three years, Marathon Oil Corporation 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...

Lee Tillman is paid around what is normal the leaders of larger 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! Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Marathon Oil shares (free trial).

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