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Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At National Beverage Corp’s (NASDAQ:FIZZ)

Nick Caporella became the CEO of National Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:FIZZ) in 1985. 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 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 Nick Caporella’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that National Beverage Corp is worth US$4.7b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$9.8m. We note that’s an increase of 18% above last year. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, we found the median CEO compensation was US$5.0m.

Thus we can conclude that Nick Caporella receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to National Beverage Corp. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the pay is too high. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at National Beverage has changed over time.

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Is National Beverage Corp Growing?

Over the last three years National Beverage Corp has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 40% per year. In the last year, its revenue is up 16%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has National Beverage Corp Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 195%, over three years, would leave most National Beverage Corp shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

We examined the amount National Beverage Corp 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. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at National Beverage Corp.

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past earnings and revenue.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.