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Why CTS Corporation's (NYSE:CTS) CEO Pay Matters To You

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Kieran O'Sullivan became the CEO of CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS) in 2012. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Kieran O'Sullivan's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that CTS Corporation is worth US$1.0b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$3.4m for the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$723k. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$400m to US$1.6b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$2.7m.

So Kieran O'Sullivan is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at CTS has changed over time.

NYSE:CTS CEO Compensation, October 9th 2019

Is CTS Corporation Growing?

On average over the last three years, CTS Corporation has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 31% each year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 6.4%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has CTS Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with CTS Corporation for providing a total return of 77% over three years. 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...

Remuneration for Kieran O'Sullivan is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! So you may want to check if insiders are buying CTS shares with their own money (free access).

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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