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Here's What We Think About Denny's Corporation's (NASDAQ:DENN) CEO Pay

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John Miller has been the CEO of Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN) since 2011. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

See our latest analysis for Denny's

How Does John Miller's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Denny's Corporation has a market cap of US$866m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$4.0m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$896k. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$400m to US$1.6b. The median total CEO compensation was US$2.7m.

As you can see, John Miller is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Denny's Corporation 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.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Denny's has changed from year to year.

NasdaqCM:DENN CEO Compensation, March 9th 2020
NasdaqCM:DENN CEO Compensation, March 9th 2020

Is Denny's Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Denny's Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 59% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is down 14%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. While it would be good to see revenue growth, profits matter more in the end. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Denny's Corporation Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 25% over three years, Denny's Corporation shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Denny's Corporation, and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. Looking at the same time period, we think that the shareholder returns are respectable. You might wish to research management further, but on this analysis, considering the EPS growth, we wouldn't call the CEO pay problematic. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Denny's (free visualization of insider trades).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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