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Shareholders Will Probably Hold Off On Increasing The AES Corporation's (NYSE:AES) CEO Compensation For The Time Being

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The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) has exhibited strong share price growth in the past few years. However, its earnings growth has not kept up, suggesting that there may be something amiss. The upcoming AGM on 22 April 2021 may be an opportunity for shareholders to bring up any concerns they may have for the board’s attention. It would also be an opportunity for them to influence management through exercising their voting power on company resolutions, including CEO and executive remuneration, which could impact on firm performance in the future. In our analysis below, we show why shareholders may consider holding off a raise for the CEO's compensation until company performance improves.

View our latest analysis for AES

How Does Total Compensation For Andres Ricardo Gluski Weilert Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

Our data indicates that The AES Corporation has a market capitalization of US$20b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$11m for the year to December 2020. That's a modest increase of 5.9% on the prior year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$1.2m.

In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations over US$8.0b , the reported median total CEO compensation was US$221k. This suggests that Andres Ricardo Gluski Weilert is paid more than the median for the industry. Moreover, Andres Ricardo Gluski Weilert also holds US$36m worth of AES stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component

2020

2019

Proportion (2020)

Salary

US$1.2m

US$1.2m

11%

Other

US$10m

US$9.6m

89%

Total Compensation

US$11m

US$11m

100%

Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 15% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 85% of the pie. It's interesting to note that AES allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. If total compensation is slanted towards non-salary benefits, it indicates that CEO pay is linked to company performance.

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A Look at The AES Corporation's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, The AES Corporation has shrunk its earnings per share by 4.7% per year. In the last year, its revenue is down 5.2%.

Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what's coming up next but if you want to peer into the company's future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has The AES Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 169% over three years, The AES Corporation has done well by shareholders. 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.

To Conclude...

While the return to shareholders does look promising, it's hard to ignore the lack of earnings growth and this makes us question whether these strong returns will continue. Shareholders should make the most of the coming opportunity to question the board on key concerns they may have and revisit their investment thesis with regards to the company.

CEO compensation is an important area to keep your eyes on, but we've also need to pay attention to other attributes of the company. That's why we did our research, and identified 4 warning signs for AES (of which 1 is a bit concerning!) that you should know about in order to have a holistic understanding of the stock.

Important note: AES is an exciting stock, but we understand investors may be looking for an unencumbered balance sheet and blockbuster returns. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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