In 2013 Steven Bronson was appointed CEO of Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ:QBAK). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.
How Does Steven Bronson's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
According to our data, Qualstar Corporation has a market capitalization of US$8.7m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$342k. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$200k. We examined a group of similar sized companies, with market capitalizations of below US$200m. The median CEO total compensation in that group is US$479k.
So Steven Bronson is paid around the average of 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 Qualstar, below.
Is Qualstar Corporation Growing?
Qualstar Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 104% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 2.1% over last year.
This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. 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 Qualstar Corporation Been A Good Investment?
Qualstar Corporation has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 12% over three years. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.
Steven Bronson is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.
Shareholder returns could be better but shareholders would be pleased with the positive EPS growth. So upon reflection one could argue that the CEO pay is quite reasonable. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Qualstar (free visualization of insider trades).
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