Christopher Schaber became the CEO of Soligenix, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNGX) in 2006. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.
How Does Christopher Schaber's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
Our data indicates that Soligenix, Inc. is worth US$28m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$619k for the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$453k. We examined a group of similar sized companies, with market capitalizations of below US$200m. The median CEO total compensation in that group is US$523k.
So Christopher Schaber is paid around the average of 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, below, how CEO compensation at Soligenix has changed over time.
Is Soligenix, Inc. Growing?
Over the last three years Soligenix, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 31% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is down 10% over last year.
This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. Revenue growth is a real positive for growth, but ultimately profits are more important. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.
Has Soligenix, Inc. Been A Good Investment?
Since shareholders would have lost about 47% over three years, some Soligenix, Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn't be too generous with CEO compensation.
Christopher Schaber is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.
We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, but we cannot say the same about the lacklustre shareholder returns (over the last three years). Considering the improvement in earnings per share, one could argue that the CEO pay is appropriate, albeit not too low. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Soligenix shares (free trial).
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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