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Why Aflac Incorporated's (NYSE:AFL) CEO Pay Matters To You

Simply Wall St

In 1990 Dan Amos was appointed CEO of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other large 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 method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Dan Amos's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Aflac Incorporated has a market capitalization of US$39b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$18m. (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$1.4m. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts - even though some are quite a bit bigger than others).

As you can see, Dan Amos is paid more than the median CEO pay at large companies, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Aflac Incorporated is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

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

NYSE:AFL CEO Compensation, July 30th 2019

Is Aflac Incorporated Growing?

Aflac Incorporated has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 16% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue changed by just -0.5%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. While it would be good to see revenue growth, profits matter more in the end. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Aflac Incorporated Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Aflac Incorporated for providing a total return of 58% over three years. 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...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Aflac Incorporated, and compared it to remuneration at a group of other large companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. In addition, shareholders have done well over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Aflac (free visualization of insider trades).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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