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Is Gold Resource Corporation's (NYSEMKT:GORO) CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?

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Jason Reid has been the CEO of Gold Resource Corporation (NYSEMKT:GORO) since 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. 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 Gold Resource

How Does Jason Reid's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Gold Resource Corporation has a market cap of US$245m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$930k. (This figure is for the year to December 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$600k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$991k.

So Jason Reid is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. 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 Gold Resource has changed from year to year.

AMEX:GORO CEO Compensation, April 9th 2019

Is Gold Resource Corporation Growing?

Gold Resource Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 30% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 4.7%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Gold Resource Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 46% over three years, Gold Resource Corporation 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 Jason Reid is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Gold Resource shares with their own money (free access).

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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