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How Much is IQVIA Holdings Inc.'s (NYSE:IQV) CEO Getting Paid?

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Ari Bousbib became the CEO of IQVIA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:IQV) in 2016. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. 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. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Ari Bousbib's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that IQVIA Holdings Inc. is worth US$31b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$16m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.6m. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$11m. Once you start looking at very large companies, you need to take a broader range, because there simply aren't that many of them.

As you can see, Ari Bousbib is paid more than the median CEO pay at large companies, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean IQVIA Holdings Inc. is paying too much. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at IQVIA Holdings, below.

NYSE:IQV CEO Compensation, July 19th 2019

Is IQVIA Holdings Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, IQVIA Holdings Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 15% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 6.3% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has IQVIA Holdings Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 112%, over three years, would leave most IQVIA Holdings Inc. shareholders smiling. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

We compared total CEO remuneration at IQVIA Holdings Inc. with the amount paid at other large companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. In addition, shareholders have done well over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. So you may want to check if insiders are buying IQVIA Holdings shares with their own money (free access).

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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