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How Should Investors React To Movado Group, Inc.’s (NYSE:MOV) CEO Pay?

Julian Fleming

Efraim Grinberg became the CEO of Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE:MOV) in 2001. 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 method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

See our latest analysis for Movado Group

How Does Efraim Grinberg’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Movado Group, Inc. is worth US$719m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$3.5m. (This is based on the year to 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.1m. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$400m to US$1.6b. The median total CEO compensation was US$2.4m.

As you can see, Efraim Grinberg is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Movado Group, Inc. is paying too much. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Movado Group, below.

NYSE:MOV CEO Compensation January 2nd 19

Is Movado Group, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Movado Group, Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 66% per year. It achieved revenue growth of 15% over the last year.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. 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. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO.

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

Has Movado Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Movado Group, Inc. has generated a total shareholder return of 29% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Movado Group, Inc. with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

Neither earnings per share nor revenue have been growing sufficiently fast to impress us, over the last three years.

And while shareholder returns have been respectable, they have hardly been superb. So we doubt many shareholders would consider the CEO pay to be particularly modest! So you may want to check if insiders are buying Movado Group shares with their own money (free access).

Or you could feast your eyes on this interactive graph depicting past earnings, cash flow 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.