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How Should Investors Feel About Fluidigm Corporation's (NASDAQ:FLDM) CEO Pay?

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In 2016 Chris Linthwaite was appointed CEO of Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Chris Linthwaite's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Fluidigm Corporation has a market capitalization of US$907m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$2.0m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$522k. We examined companies with market caps from US$400m to US$1.6b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$2.2m.

So Chris Linthwaite is paid around the average of 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.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Fluidigm has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:FLDM CEO Compensation, April 8th 2019

Is Fluidigm Corporation Growing?

Fluidigm Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 13% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 11%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Fluidigm Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Fluidigm Corporation for providing a total return of 49% over three years. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary...

Chris Linthwaite is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! Shareholders may want to check for free if Fluidigm insiders are buying or selling shares.

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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