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Does Österreichische Post AG's (VIE:POST) CEO Pay Matter?

Simply Wall St

Georg Pölzl has been the CEO of Österreichische Post AG (VIE:POST) since 2009. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Georg Pölzl's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Österreichische Post AG has a market cap of €2.1b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of €2.6m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at €615k. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from €911m to €2.9b, and the median CEO total compensation was €1.6m.

As you can see, Georg Pölzl is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Österreichische Post AG is paying too much. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Österreichische Post has changed over time.

WBAG:POST CEO Compensation, October 9th 2019

Is Österreichische Post AG Growing?

Over the last three years Österreichische Post AG has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 14% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 3.2% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Österreichische Post AG Been A Good Investment?

Österreichische Post AG has generated a total shareholder return of 15% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary...

We examined the amount Österreichische Post AG pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. Looking at the same time period, we think that the shareholder returns are respectable. While it may be worth researching further, we don't see a problem with the CEO pay, given the good EPS growth. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Österreichische Post.

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