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Why Rexel S.A.'s (EPA:RXL) CEO Pay Matters To You

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Patrick Berard became the CEO of Rexel S.A. (EPA:RXL) in 2016. 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. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Patrick Berard's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Rexel S.A. has a market cap of €3.2b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of €2.5m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at €650k. We further remind readers that the CEO may face performance requirements to receive the non-salary part of the total compensation. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from €1.8b to €5.8b, we found the median CEO total compensation was €1.2m.

It would therefore appear that Rexel S.A. pays Patrick Berard more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn't mean the remuneration is too high. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Rexel has changed from year to year.

ENXTPA:RXL CEO Compensation, October 15th 2019

Is Rexel S.A. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Rexel S.A. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 7.1% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 3.1% over last year.

I'm not particularly impressed by the revenue growth, but the modest improvement in EPS is good. Considering these factors I'd say performance has been pretty decent, though not amazing. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Rexel S.A. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 8.4% over three years, some Rexel S.A. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary...

We examined the amount Rexel S.A. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

While we have not been overly impressed by the business performance, the shareholder returns, over three years, have been disappointing. Shareholders may wish to consider further research. Although we don't think the CEO pay is too high, it is probably more on the generous side of things. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Rexel 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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