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Does SBA Communications Corporation’s (NASDAQ:SBAC) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

Brandon Murphy

Jeff Stoops became the CEO of SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:SBAC) in 2002. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large companies. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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 Jeff Stoops’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, SBA Communications Corporation has a market capitalization of US$20b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$8.2m. (This figure is for the year to 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$800k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO 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.

That means Jeff Stoops receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a large company. While this data point isn’t particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at SBA Communications has changed over time.

NASDAQGS:SBAC CEO Compensation January 30th 19

Is SBA Communications Corporation Growing?

SBA Communications Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 85% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 7.3% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy.

You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has SBA Communications Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with SBA Communications Corporation for providing a total return of 87% 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…

Jeff Stoops is paid around what is normal the leaders of larger companies.

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at SBA Communications.

Or you might prefer gaze upon this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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.