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Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At Capral Limited's (ASX:CAA)

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Tony Dragicevich has been the CEO of Capral Limited (ASX:CAA) since 2013. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Tony Dragicevich's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Capral Limited has a market capitalization of AU$56m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth AU$858k. (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 AU$678k. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations below AU$284m, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be AU$352k.

As you can see, Tony Dragicevich is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Capral Limited is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

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

ASX:CAA CEO Compensation, July 19th 2019

Is Capral Limited Growing?

On average over the last three years, Capral Limited has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 27% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 1.5% 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. We don't have analyst forecasts, but you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Capral Limited Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 20% over three years, many shareholders in Capral Limited are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary...

We compared total CEO remuneration at Capral Limited with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark 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. One might thus conclude that it would be better if the company waited until growth is reflected in the share price, before increasing CEO compensation. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Capral shares with their own money (free access).

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