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Should You Worry About CommScope Holding Company, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:COMM) CEO Pay?

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Eddie Edwards has been the CEO of CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) since 2011. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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.

See our latest analysis for CommScope Holding Company

How Does Eddie Edwards's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, CommScope Holding Company, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$2.4b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$8.9m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.1m. We examined companies with market caps from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$5.1m.

It would therefore appear that CommScope Holding Company, Inc. pays Eddie Edwards 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.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at CommScope Holding Company has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:COMM CEO Compensation, September 11th 2019

Is CommScope Holding Company, Inc. Growing?

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 21% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 27%.

Investors should note that, over three years, earnings per share are down. On the other hand, the strong revenue growth suggests the business is growing. In conclusion we can't form a strong opinion about business performance yet; but it's one worth watching. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has CommScope Holding Company, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 57% over three years, some CommScope Holding Company, Inc. 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 CommScope Holding Company, Inc. pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

The growth in the business has been uninspiring, but the shareholder returns have arguably been worse, over the last three years. Considering this, we have the opinion that the CEO pay is more on the generous side, than the modest side. Shareholders may want to check for free if CommScope Holding Company insiders are buying or selling shares.

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