Ram Krishnan became the CEO of NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSEMKT:NTN) in 2014. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.
How Does Ram Krishnan's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
Our data indicates that NTN Buzztime, Inc. is worth US$6.6m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$501k. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$350k. We examined a group of similar sized companies, with market capitalizations of below US$200m. The median CEO total compensation in that group is US$498k.
That means Ram Krishnan receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. 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 NTN Buzztime has changed over time.
Is NTN Buzztime, Inc. Growing?
On average over the last three years, NTN Buzztime, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 87% each year (using a line of best fit). The trailing twelve months of revenue was pretty much the same as the prior period.
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. We don't have analyst forecasts, but shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Has NTN Buzztime, Inc. Been A Good Investment?
Since shareholders would have lost about 69% over three years, some NTN Buzztime, Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.
Remuneration for Ram Krishnan is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .
We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, but we cannot say the same about the lacklustre shareholder returns (over the last three years). We'd be surprised if shareholders want to see a pay rise for the CEO, but we'd stop short of calling their pay too generous. So you may want to check if insiders are buying NTN Buzztime shares with their own money (free access).
Important note: NTN Buzztime may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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