Jens Körner became the CEO of ad pepper media International N.V. (ETR:APM) in 2017. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.
How Does Jens Körner's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
At the time of writing, our data says that ad pepper media International N.V. has a market cap of €60m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of €183k for the year to December 2018. It is worth noting that the CEO compensation consists almost entirely of the salary, worth €252k. We examined a group of similar sized companies, with market capitalizations of below €180m. The median CEO total compensation in that group is €195k.
So Jens Körner receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.
You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at ad pepper media International, below.
Is ad pepper media International N.V. Growing?
ad pepper media International N.V. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 4.1% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It saw its revenue drop 59% over the last year.
I would argue that the lack of revenue growth in the last year is less than ideal, but it is good to see EPS growth. It's hard to reach a conclusion about business performance right now. This may be one to watch. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.
Has ad pepper media International N.V. Been A Good Investment?
ad pepper media International N.V. has not done too badly by shareholders, with a total return of 9.1%, over three years. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.
Jens Körner is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.
The company isn't showing particularly great growth, and shareholder turns haven't been particularly inspiring in the last few years. But we don't think the CEO compensation is a problem. So you may want to check if insiders are buying ad pepper media International shares with their own money (free access).
Important note: ad pepper media International may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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