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Does Simon Property Group, Inc.'s (NYSE:SPG) CEO Salary Compare Well With Others?

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David Simon became the CEO of Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) in 1995. 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. 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.

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How Does David Simon's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Simon Property Group, Inc. has a market cap of US$51b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$11m for the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.3m. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

That means David Simon receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a large company. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Simon Property Group has changed from year to year.

NYSE:SPG CEO Compensation, January 15th 2020

Is Simon Property Group, Inc. Growing?

Simon Property Group, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 1.2%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Simon Property Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 8.6%, Simon Property Group, Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary...

Remuneration for David Simon is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a large company .

We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, but we find the returns over the last three years to be lacking. Considering the the positives we don't think the CEO pays is too high, but it's certainly hard to argue it is too low. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Simon Property Group shares (free trial).

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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