Pete Watson has been the CEO of Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) since 2015. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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.
How Does Pete Watson's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
According to our data, Greif, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$2.3b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$10m over the year to October 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.0m. We further remind readers that the CEO may face performance requirements to receive the non-salary part of the total compensation. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$3.8m.
As you can see, Pete Watson is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Greif, Inc. is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.
You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Greif has changed over time.
Is Greif, Inc. Growing?
On average over the last three years, Greif, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 28% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 13% over the last year.
Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.
Has Greif, Inc. Been A Good Investment?
Since shareholders would have lost about 11% over three years, some Greif, Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.
We examined the amount Greif, Inc. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.
Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. Having said that, shareholders may be disappointed with the weak returns over the last three years. While EPS is positive, we'd say shareholders would want better returns before the CEO is paid much more. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Greif 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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