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Does Seaboard Corporation’s (NYSEMKT:SEB) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

Steven Bresky became the CEO of Seaboard Corporation (NYSEMKT:SEB) in 2006. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Steven Bresky’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Seaboard Corporation has a market cap of US$4.4b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$4.8m. (This figure is for the year to 2016). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$942k. 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$4.9m.

So Steven Bresky is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. This doesn’t tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Seaboard has changed from year to year.

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Is Seaboard Corporation Growing?

On average over the last three years, Seaboard Corporation has shrunk earnings per share by 5.7% each year. In the last year, its revenue is up 16%.

Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. There’s no doubt that the silver lining is that revenue is up. But it isn’t sufficiently fast growth to overlook the fact that earnings per share has gone backwards over three years. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO.

We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Seaboard Corporation Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 23% over three years, Seaboard Corporation shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary…

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

We feel that earnings per share have been a bit disappointing, but and we don’t think the total returns are amazing. We’re not saying the CEO pay is too generous, but we’d venture the company should look to improve its business metrics (and share price) before paying any more. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Seaboard shares (free trial).

Or you could feast your eyes on this interactive graph depicting past earnings, cash flow and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.