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Why MGP Ingredients, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MGPI) CEO Pay Matters To You

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Gus Griffin has been the CEO of MGP Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGPI) since 2014. 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. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Gus Griffin's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that MGP Ingredients, Inc. is worth US$823m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$2.2m for the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$595k. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. 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 Gus Griffin 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 MGP Ingredients has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:MGPI CEO Compensation, October 3rd 2019

Is MGP Ingredients, Inc. Growing?

MGP Ingredients, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 11% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 8.2% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has MGP Ingredients, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

MGP Ingredients, Inc. has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 17% over three years. But they probably don't want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

Remuneration for Gus Griffin 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 upon reflection one could argue that the CEO pay is quite reasonable. Shareholders may want to check for free if MGP Ingredients insiders are buying or selling shares.

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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