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Should You Worry About Copart, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:CPRT) CEO Salary Level?

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Jay Adair has been the CEO of Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) since 2010. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other large companies. 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. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

See our latest analysis for Copart

How Does Jay Adair's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Copart, Inc. is worth US$14b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$203k. (This number is for the twelve months until July 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.0. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO total compensation was US$11m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts - even though some are quite a bit bigger than others).

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Jay Adair takes less in total compensation than the CEOs of most other large companies, leaving more for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you'll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Copart, below.

NasdaqGS:CPRT CEO Compensation, March 26th 2019

Is Copart, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Copart, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 18% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 15% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Copart, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 195%, over three years, would leave most Copart, Inc. shareholders smiling. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary...

It appears that Copart, Inc. remunerates its CEO below most large companies. Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. The pleasing shareholder returns are the cherry on top; you might even consider that Jay Adair deserves a raise!

It's not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Copart (free visualization of insider trades).

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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