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Is UNIQA Insurance Group AG's (VIE:UQA) CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?

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Andreas Brandstetter became the CEO of UNIQA Insurance Group AG (VIE:UQA) in 2011. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Andreas Brandstetter's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that UNIQA Insurance Group AG is worth €2.7b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as €1.5m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at €669k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of €1.8b to €5.8b. The median total CEO compensation was €2.0m.

So Andreas Brandstetter receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at UNIQA Insurance Group, below.

WBAG:UQA CEO Compensation, January 24th 2020

Is UNIQA Insurance Group AG Growing?

Over the last three years UNIQA Insurance Group AG has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 7.3% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 1.7% over last year.

I'm not particularly impressed by the revenue growth, but the modest improvement in EPS is good. It's clear the performance has been quite decent, but it it falls short of outstanding,based on this information. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has UNIQA Insurance Group AG Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 38%, over three years, would leave most UNIQA Insurance Group AG shareholders smiling. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

Andreas Brandstetter is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

While we would like to see improved growth metrics, there is no doubt that the total returns have been great, over the last three years. So all things considered I'd venture that the CEO pay is appropriate. Shareholders may want to check for free if UNIQA Insurance Group insiders are buying or selling shares.

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