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Does Tejon Ranch Co.'s (NYSE:TRC) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

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Greg Bielli became the CEO of Tejon Ranch Co. (NYSE:TRC) in 2013. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Tejon Ranch

How Does Greg Bielli's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Tejon Ranch Co. has a market capitalization of US$457m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$2.3m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$625k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$200m to US$800m, and the median CEO total compensation was US$1.7m.

Thus we can conclude that Greg Bielli receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Tejon Ranch Co.. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. 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 Tejon Ranch has changed over time.

NYSE:TRC CEO Compensation, July 4th 2019
NYSE:TRC CEO Compensation, July 4th 2019

Is Tejon Ranch Co. Growing?

Over the last three years Tejon Ranch Co. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 22% per year (using a line of best fit). Revenue was pretty flat on last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. While it would be good to see revenue growth, profits matter more in the end. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Tejon Ranch Co. Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 27%, Tejon Ranch Co. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary...

We examined the amount Tejon Ranch Co. 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.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. On the other hand returns to investors over the same period have probably disappointed many. While EPS is positive, we'd say shareholders would want better returns before the CEO is paid much more. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Tejon Ranch.

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.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.