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Is Restaurant Brands International Inc.’s (NYSE:QSR) CEO Paid At A Competitive Rate?

In 2014 Daniel Schwartz was appointed CEO of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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.

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How Does Daniel Schwartz’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Restaurant Brands International Inc. is worth US$25b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$4.2m. (This figure is for the year to 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$800k. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO 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.

A first glance this seems like a real positive for shareholders, since Daniel Schwartz is paid less than the average compensation paid by other large companies. While this is a good thing, you’ll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Restaurant Brands International has changed over time.

NYSE:QSR CEO Compensation December 17th 18

Is Restaurant Brands International Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Restaurant Brands International Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 72% each year. It achieved revenue growth of 17% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing.

Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts. .

Has Restaurant Brands International Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 54%, over three years, would leave most Restaurant Brands International Inc. shareholders smiling. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don’t mind if the CEO is paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary…

It looks like Restaurant Brands International Inc. pays its CEO less than the average at large companies. Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. The pleasing shareholder returns are the cherry on top; you might even consider that Daniel Schwartz deserves a raise!

It is relatively rare to see a modestly paid CEO when performance is so impressive. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Restaurant Brands International shares (free trial).

Or you could feast your eyes on this interactive graph depicting past earnings, cash flow and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.