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Is Plantronics, Inc.'s (NYSE:PLT) CEO Salary Justified?

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Joe Burton became the CEO of Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) in 2016. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Joe Burton's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Plantronics, Inc. is worth US$1.9b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$4.7m. (This figure is for the year to March 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$588k. We examined companies with market caps from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$4.1m.

That means Joe Burton receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NYSE:PLT CEO Compensation, May 16th 2019

Is Plantronics, Inc. Growing?

Plantronics, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 103% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 95% over the last year.

Investors should note that, over three years, earnings per share are down. But on the other hand, revenue growth is strong, suggesting a brighter future. In conclusion we can't form a strong opinion about business performance yet; but it's one worth watching. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Plantronics, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Plantronics, Inc. has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 16% over three years. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

Joe Burton is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

The company isn't showing particularly great growth, and shareholder turns haven't been particularly inspiring in the last few years. While the CEO may not be underpaid, we don't think the pay is too generous either. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Plantronics 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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