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How Should Investors Feel About PotlatchDeltic Corporation's (NASDAQ:PCH) CEO Pay?

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Mike Covey became the CEO of PotlatchDeltic Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) in 2006. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for PotlatchDeltic

How Does Mike Covey's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, PotlatchDeltic Corporation has a market capitalization of US$2.6b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$4.9m. (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$863k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$2.0b to US$6.4b. The median total CEO compensation was US$5.1m.

That means Mike Covey receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

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

NasdaqGS:PCH CEO Compensation, September 6th 2019

Is PotlatchDeltic Corporation Growing?

PotlatchDeltic Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 45% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 8.4% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has PotlatchDeltic Corporation Been A Good Investment?

PotlatchDeltic Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 18% over three years, so most shareholders would 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...

Mike Covey is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

We would wish for better returns (whether dividends or capital gains) but we do admire the solid EPS growth on show here. So upon reflection one could argue that the CEO pay is quite reasonable. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling PotlatchDeltic shares (free trial).

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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