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Why Systemax Inc’s (NYSE:SYX) CEO Pay Matters To You

Larry Reinhold became the CEO of Systemax Inc (NYSE:SYX) in 2016. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

Check out our latest analysis for Systemax

How Does Larry Reinhold’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Systemax Inc is worth US$1.1b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$3.5m. That’s a notable increase of 43% on last year. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$400m to US$1.6b. The median total CEO compensation was US$2.2m.

It would therefore appear that Systemax Inc pays Larry Reinhold 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 Systemax has changed from year to year.

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Is Systemax Inc Growing?

Over the last three years Systemax Inc has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 109% per year. Its revenue is up 51% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. The combination of strong revenue growth with medium-term earnings per share improvement certainly points to the kind of growth I like to see.

Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts. .

Has Systemax Inc Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 234% over three years, Systemax Inc has done well by shareholders. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don’t mind if the CEO is paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary…

We examined the amount Systemax Inc pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. On top of that, in the same period, returns to shareholders have been great. As a result of this good performance, the CEO remuneration may well be quite reasonable.

Or you could feast your eyes on this interactive graph depicting past earnings, cash flow and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.