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Why Eagle Materials Inc.'s (NYSE:EXP) CEO Pay Matters To You

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Dave Powers became the CEO of Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE:EXP) in 2016. 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. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Dave Powers's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Eagle Materials Inc. has a market cap of US$4.1b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$5.3m. (This is based on the year to March 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$850k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$2.0b to US$6.4b. The median total CEO compensation was US$5.1m.

That means Dave Powers receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NYSE:EXP CEO Compensation, May 10th 2019

Is Eagle Materials Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Eagle Materials Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 20% each year (using a line of best fit). Revenue was pretty flat on last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Eagle Materials Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Eagle Materials Inc. has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 18% over three years. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary...

Remuneration for Dave Powers is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

The company is growing EPS but shareholder returns have been sound but not amazing. So considering these factors, we think the CEO pay is probably quite reasonable. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Eagle Materials shares (free trial).

If you want to buy a stock that is better than Eagle Materials, this free list of high return, low debt companies is a great place to look.

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