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Is Eagle Materials Inc’s (NYSE:EXP) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?

In 2016 Dave Powers was appointed CEO of Eagle Materials Inc (NYSE:EXP). 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 – 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 Dave Powers’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Eagle Materials Inc has a market capitalization of US$3.4b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$5.3m. (This is based on the year to 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$850k. We examined companies with market caps from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and discovered that the median CEO compensation of that group was US$4.9m.

So Dave Powers 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.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Eagle Materials has changed over time.

NYSE:EXP CEO Compensation December 5th 18

Is Eagle Materials Inc Growing?

Eagle Materials Inc has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 22% a year, over the last three years It achieved revenue growth of 7.2% 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 Eagle Materials Inc Been A Good Investment?

Eagle Materials Inc has generated a total shareholder return of 9.0% over three years, so most shareholders wouldn’t be too disappointed. But they probably don’t want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary…

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

We would wish for better returns (whether dividends or capital gains) but we do admire the solid EPS growth on show here. So upon reflection one could argue that the CEO pay is quite reasonable. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Eagle Materials shares (free trial).

Or you might prefer this data-rich interactive visualization of historic revenue and earnings.

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.