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How Much Did Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.'s (NYSE:ELS) CEO Pocket Last Year?

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Marguerite Nader became the CEO of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) in 2013. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. 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 Equity LifeStyle Properties

How Does Marguerite Nader's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is worth US$12b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$4.2m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$400k. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most large companies pay more, leaving less for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you'll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Equity LifeStyle Properties has changed over time.

NYSE:ELS CEO Compensation, August 7th 2019

Is Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 15% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 5.4% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. for providing a total return of 68% over three years. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary...

It appears that Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. remunerates its CEO below most large companies. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. The pleasing shareholder returns are the cherry on top; you might even consider that Marguerite Nader deserves a raise!

It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. It would be even more positive if company insiders are buying shares. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Equity LifeStyle Properties.

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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