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Is Helen of Troy Limited's (NASDAQ:HELE) CEO Pay Fair?

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In 2014 Julien Mininberg was appointed CEO of Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Julien Mininberg's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Helen of Troy Limited has a market capitalization of US$3.0b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$6.8m. (This is based on the year to February 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$975k. We examined companies with market caps from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$4.9m.

As you can see, Julien Mininberg is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Helen of Troy Limited 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 Helen of Troy has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:HELE CEO Compensation, April 9th 2019

Is Helen of Troy Limited Growing?

Helen of Troy Limited has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 14% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 18%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Helen of Troy Limited Been A Good Investment?

Helen of Troy Limited has generated a total shareholder return of 13% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

We examined the amount Helen of Troy Limited pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. We also think investors are doing ok, over the same time period. While it may be worth researching further, we don't see a problem with the CEO pay, given the good EPS growth. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Helen of Troy.

Important note: Helen of Troy may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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