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How Should Investors Feel About RealPage Inc’s (NASDAQ:RP) CEO Pay?

Steve Winn became the CEO of RealPage Inc (NASDAQ:RP) in 1998. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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.

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How Does Steve Winn’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that RealPage Inc has a market cap of US$4.8b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$9m. Notably, that’s an increase of 47% over the year before. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO compensation was US$5m.

Thus we can conclude that Steve Winn receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to RealPage Inc. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the pay 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.

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

NasdaqGS:RP CEO Compensation November 2nd 18

Is RealPage Inc Growing?

RealPage Inc has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 68% a year, over the last three years Its revenue is up 27% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business.

You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has RealPage Inc Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 225%, over three years, would leave most RealPage Inc shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by RealPage Inc, and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. 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. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling RealPage Inc (free visualization of insider trades).

Or you might prefer gaze upon this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.