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Is EnerSys’s (NYSE:ENS) CEO Pay Fair?

Isabel Galloway

In 2016 Dave Shaffer was appointed CEO of EnerSys (NYSE:ENS). 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. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

See our latest analysis for EnerSys

How Does Dave Shaffer’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, EnerSys has a market capitalization of US$3.4b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$5.2m. (This is based on the year to 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, 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$5.1m.

So Dave Shaffer receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst 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 EnerSys has changed over time.

NYSE:ENS CEO Compensation January 9th 19

Is EnerSys Growing?

EnerSys has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 6.5% a year, over the last three years. It achieved revenue growth of 10% over the last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that earnings per share are lower over three years. And while it’s good to see some good revenue growth recently, the growth isn’t really fast enough for me to put aside my concerns around earnings. It’s hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has EnerSys Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 51% over three years, EnerSys has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

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

We’re not seeing great strides in earnings per share, but the company has clearly pleased some investors, given the returns over the last three years. So we think most shareholders wouldn’t be too worried about CEO compensation, which is close to the median for similar sized companies. Shareholders may want to check for free if EnerSys insiders are buying or selling shares.

Or you might rather take a peek at this analytical visualization of historic cash flow, earnings and revenue.

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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.