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Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At AMC Networks Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMCX)

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Josh Sapan has been the CEO of AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:AMCX) since 1995. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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.

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How Does Josh Sapan's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that AMC Networks Inc. has a market cap of US$3.0b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$21m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$2.0m. We examined companies with market caps from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$5.1m.

Thus we can conclude that Josh Sapan receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to AMC Networks Inc.. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at AMC Networks has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:AMCX CEO Compensation, August 5th 2019

Is AMC Networks Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, AMC Networks Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 25% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 5.2% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has AMC Networks Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 3.1% over three years, many shareholders in AMC Networks Inc. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn't be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary...

We examined the amount AMC Networks Inc. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. On the other hand returns to investors over the same period have probably disappointed many. Considering the per share profit growth, but keeping in mind the weak returns, we'd need more time to form a view on CEO compensation. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at AMC Networks.

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