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Is Vocera Communications, Inc.'s (NYSE:VCRA) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?

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Brent Lang became the CEO of Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) in 2013. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Brent Lang's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Vocera Communications, Inc. is worth US$1.0b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$4.0m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). Notably, that's an increase of 15% over the year before. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$506k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$2.3m.

Thus we can conclude that Brent Lang receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Vocera Communications, Inc.. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Vocera Communications, below.

NYSE:VCRA CEO Compensation, April 29th 2019

Is Vocera Communications, Inc. Growing?

Vocera Communications, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 5.1%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Vocera Communications, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 178% over three years, Vocera Communications, Inc. 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.

In Summary...

We examined the amount Vocera Communications, Inc. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. On top of that, in the same period, returns to shareholders have been great. So, considering this good performance, the CEO compensation may be quite appropriate. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Vocera Communications shares (free trial).

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