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How Should Investors Feel About Lockheed Martin Corporation's (NYSE:LMT) CEO Pay?

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Marillyn Hewson has been the CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) since 2013. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large companies. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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 Marillyn Hewson's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market capitalization of US$104b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$22m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.8m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO total compensation was US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

It would therefore appear that Lockheed Martin Corporation pays Marillyn Hewson more than the median CEO remuneration at large companies, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn't mean the remuneration is too high. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Lockheed Martin, below.

NYSE:LMT CEO Compensation, July 30th 2019

Is Lockheed Martin Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Lockheed Martin Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 17% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 12% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Lockheed Martin Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 57% over three years, Lockheed Martin Corporation has done well by shareholders. 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...

We examined the amount Lockheed Martin Corporation pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by other large companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. So, considering this good performance, the CEO compensation may be quite appropriate. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Lockheed Martin shares (free trial).

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