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Patrick Hawkins has been the CEO of Hawkins, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWKN) since 2011. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.
How Does Patrick Hawkins's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
At the time of writing, our data says that Hawkins, Inc. has a market cap of US$432m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$1.5m for the year to March 2019. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$425k. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$200m to US$800m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.7m.
So Patrick Hawkins 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 a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Hawkins, below.
Is Hawkins, Inc. Growing?
Hawkins, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 16% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 1.6% over last year.
Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. And the modest revenue growth over 12 months isn't much comfort against the reduced earnings per share. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. Although we don't have analyst forecasts you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Has Hawkins, Inc. Been A Good Investment?
Since shareholders would have lost about 15% over three years, some Hawkins, Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.
Patrick Hawkins is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.
The company isn't growing EPS, and shareholder returns have been disappointing. Suffice it to say, we don't think the CEO is underpaid! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Hawkins shares with their own money (free access).
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