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How Should Investors Feel About Independence Holding Company's (NYSE:IHC) CEO Pay?

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Roy Tjay Thung became the CEO of Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) in 2000. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Roy Tjay Thung's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Independence Holding Company has a market cap of US$561m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$2.1m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). That's below the compensation, last year. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$485k. 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$1.8m.

That means Roy Tjay Thung receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Independence Holding has changed over time.

NYSE:IHC CEO Compensation, June 13th 2019

Is Independence Holding Company Growing?

Over the last three years Independence Holding Company has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 35% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 5.8%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. We don't have analyst forecasts, but shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Independence Holding Company Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Independence Holding Company for providing a total return of 125% 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...

Remuneration for Roy Tjay Thung is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Independence Holding.

Important note: Independence Holding 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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