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How Should Investors Feel About Talga Resources Limited’s (ASX:TLG) CEO Pay?

Mark Thompson has been the CEO of Talga Resources Limited (ASX:TLG) since 2009. 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.

See our latest analysis for Talga Resources

How Does Mark Thompson’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Talga Resources Limited is worth AU$107m, and total annual CEO compensation is AU$787k. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations below AU$277m, and calculated the median CEO compensation to be AU$357k.

It would therefore appear that Talga Resources Limited pays Mark Thompson more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn’t mean the remuneration is too high. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

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

ASX:TLG CEO Compensation November 8th 18

Is Talga Resources Limited Growing?

Over the last three years Talga Resources Limited has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 9.9% per year. Its revenue is up 473% over last year.

I like the look of the strong year-on-year improvement in revenue. And in that context, the modest EPS improvement certainly isn’t shabby. So while I’d stop short of saying growth is absolutely outstanding, there are definitely some clear positives!

Although we don’t have analyst forecasts, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Talga Resources Limited Been A Good Investment?

Talga Resources Limited has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 31% over three years. But they probably don’t want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary…

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Talga Resources Limited, and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

Over the last three years returns to investors have been uninspiring, and we would have liked to see stronger business growth. So it’s certainly hard to argue that the CEO is modestly paid, although we don’t see the remuneration as an issue. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Talga Resources Limited (free visualization of insider trades).

Of course, the past can be informative so you might be interested in considering this analytical visualization showing the company history of earnings and revenue.

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.