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How Much Did Athersys, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:ATHX) CEO Pocket Last Year?

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Gil Van Bokkelen became the CEO of Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATHX) in 1995. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

Check out our latest analysis for Athersys

How Does Gil Van Bokkelen's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Athersys, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$208m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.7m over the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$550k. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.1m.

As you can see, Gil Van Bokkelen is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Athersys, Inc. is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Athersys has changed over time.

NasdaqCM:ATHX CEO Compensation, January 24th 2020
NasdaqCM:ATHX CEO Compensation, January 24th 2020

Is Athersys, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Athersys, Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 12% per year (measured with a line of best fit). Its revenue is down 71% over last year.

Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Athersys, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Athersys, Inc. has generated a total shareholder return of 19% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. 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.

In Summary...

We compared total CEO remuneration at Athersys, 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.

Earnings per share have not grown in three years, and the revenue growth fails to impress us. And shareholder returns are decent but not great. So we doubt many shareholders would consider the CEO pay to be particularly modest! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Athersys (free visualization of insider trades).

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