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How Should Investors Feel About Resources Connection, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:RECN) CEO Pay?

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Kate Duchene became the CEO of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ:RECN) in 2016. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

Check out our latest analysis for Resources Connection

How Does Kate Duchene's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Resources Connection, Inc. is worth US$516m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$1.6m. (This is based on the year to May 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$583k. 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 Kate Duchene 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.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Resources Connection, below.

NasdaqGS:RECN CEO Compensation, June 19th 2019

Is Resources Connection, Inc. Growing?

Resources Connection, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 2.1% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 18% over last year.

The lack of earnings per share growth in the last three years is unimpressive. There's no doubt that the silver lining is that revenue is up. But it isn't sufficiently fast growth to overlook the fact that earnings per share has gone backwards over three years. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Resources Connection, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Resources Connection, Inc. has generated a total shareholder return of 19% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they probably don't want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

Remuneration for Kate Duchene is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

We feel that earnings per share have been a bit disappointing, but and we don't think the total returns are amazing. We wouldn't say the CEO pay is too high, but one might argue that the company should improve returns to shareholders before increasing it. Shareholders may want to check for free if Resources Connection 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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