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Does Paycom Software, Inc.'s (NYSE:PAYC) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

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Chad Richison became the CEO of Paycom Software, Inc. (NYSE:PAYC) in 1998. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Chad Richison's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Paycom Software, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$15b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$17m over the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$667k. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO total compensation was US$11m. Once you start looking at very large companies, you need to take a broader range, because there simply aren't that many of them.

Thus we can conclude that Chad Richison receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of large companies in the same market as Paycom Software, Inc.. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. 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 Paycom Software, below.

NYSE:PAYC CEO Compensation, December 10th 2019

Is Paycom Software, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Paycom Software, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 37% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 31% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Paycom Software, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 491%, over three years, would leave most Paycom Software, Inc. shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Paycom Software, Inc., and compared it to remuneration at a group of other large companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. In addition, shareholders have done well over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Paycom Software shares (free trial).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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