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

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Tom Joyce became the CEO of Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) in 2014. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other large companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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 Tom Joyce's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Danaher Corporation is worth US$104b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$15m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.2m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the 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).

It would therefore appear that Danaher Corporation pays Tom Joyce more than the median CEO remuneration at large companies, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn't mean the remuneration 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, below, how CEO compensation at Danaher has changed over time.

NYSE:DHR CEO Compensation, July 5th 2019

Is Danaher Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Danaher Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 13% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 6.7%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Danaher Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 83% over three years, Danaher Corporation has done well by shareholders. 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 total CEO remuneration at Danaher Corporation with the amount paid at other large companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Danaher.

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