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Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At ePlus inc.'s (NASDAQ:PLUS)

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Mark Marron became the CEO of ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) in 2016. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Mark Marron's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that ePlus inc. has a market cap of US$1.1b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$3.2m. (This figure is for the year to March 2019). That's a notable increase of 10% on last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$800k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$2.7m.

So Mark Marron receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

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

NasdaqGS:PLUS CEO Compensation, September 17th 2019

Is ePlus inc. Growing?

ePlus inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). The trailing twelve months of revenue was pretty much the same as the prior period.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Revenue growth is a real positive for growth, but ultimately profits are more important. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has ePlus inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 76%, over three years, would leave most ePlus inc. shareholders smiling. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary...

Mark Marron is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

The company is growing earnings per share and total shareholder returns have been pleasing. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! So you may want to check if insiders are buying ePlus shares with their own money (free access).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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