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Stephanie Pugliese has been the CEO of Duluth Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTH) since 2015. 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. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.
How Does Stephanie Pugliese's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
At the time of writing our data says that Duluth Holdings Inc. has a market cap of US$543m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$1.3m. (This is based on the year to January 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$559k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$200m to US$800m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.7m.
So Stephanie Pugliese receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.
The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Duluth Holdings has changed from year to year.
Is Duluth Holdings Inc. Growing?
On average over the last three years, Duluth Holdings Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 3.3% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 20% over last year.
This revenue growth could really point to a brighter future. And, while modest, the earnings per share growth is noticeable. Although we'll stop short of calling the stock a top performer, we think the company has potential. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.
Has Duluth Holdings Inc. Been A Good Investment?
With a three year total loss of 26%, Duluth Holdings Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn't be too generous with CEO compensation.
Stephanie Pugliese is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.
The company cannot boast particularly strong per share growth. And shareholder returns have been disappointing over the last three years. So it would take a bold person to suggest the pay is too modest. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Duluth Holdings (free visualization of insider trades).
Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.
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