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How Should Investors React To Value Line Inc’s (NASDAQ:VALU) CEO Pay?

In 2009 Howard Brecher was appointed CEO of Value Line Inc (NASDAQ:VALU). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Howard Brecher’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Value Line Inc is worth US$238m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$712k. That’s below the compensation, last year. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$100m to US$400m, we found the median CEO compensation was US$930k.

That means Howard Brecher 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 Value Line, below.

NasdaqCM:VALU CEO Compensation November 16th 18

Is Value Line Inc Growing?

On average over the last three years, Value Line Inc has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 23% each year. It achieved revenue growth of 2.7% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy.

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

Has Value Line Inc Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 85% over three years, Value Line Inc has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

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

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Value Line Inc.

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past 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.