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Does Nabors Industries Ltd.'s (NYSE:NBR) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

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Anthony Petrello has been the CEO of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE:NBR) since 2011. 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. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

See our latest analysis for Nabors Industries

How Does Anthony Petrello's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Nabors Industries Ltd. has a market capitalization of US$741m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$15m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That's a fairly small increase of 4.4% on year before. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.8m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$400m to US$1.6b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$2.7m.

As you can see, Anthony Petrello is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Nabors Industries Ltd. is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Nabors Industries, below.

NYSE:NBR CEO Compensation, June 17th 2019

Is Nabors Industries Ltd. Growing?

Nabors Industries Ltd. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 24% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 14%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Nabors Industries Ltd. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 78% over three years, many shareholders in Nabors Industries Ltd. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn't be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Nabors Industries Ltd., and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. On the other hand returns to investors over the same period have probably disappointed many. Considering the per share profit growth, but keeping in mind the weak returns, we'd need more time to form a view on CEO compensation. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Nabors Industries (free visualization of insider trades).

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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