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Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At PACCAR Inc's (NASDAQ:PCAR)

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Ron Armstrong has been the CEO of PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR) since 2014. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. 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 Ron Armstrong's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that PACCAR Inc has a market cap of US$24b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$9.9m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). That's actually a decrease on the year before. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.4m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO total compensation was US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

So Ron Armstrong is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NasdaqGS:PCAR CEO Compensation, May 14th 2019

Is PACCAR Inc Growing?

PACCAR Inc has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 46% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 17% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has PACCAR Inc Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 32% over three years, PACCAR Inc shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they probably don't want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

Ron Armstrong is paid around the same as most CEOs of large companies.

Shareholder returns could be better but shareholders would be pleased with the positive EPS growth. So considering these factors, we think the CEO pay is probably quite reasonable. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling PACCAR shares (free trial).

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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