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Should You Worry About Libbey Inc’s (NYSEMKT:LBY) CEO Pay Cheque?

Bill Foley has been the CEO of Libbey Inc (NYSEMKT:LBY) since 2016. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

Check out our latest analysis for Libbey

How Does Bill Foley’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Libbey Inc is worth US$133m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$2.5m. (This figure is for the year to 2017). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$770k. We examined a group of similar sized companies, with market capitalizations of below US$200m. The median CEO compensation in that group is US$293k.

As you can see, Bill Foley is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Libbey Inc is paying too much. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Libbey has changed over time.

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Is Libbey Inc Growing?

On average over the last three years, Libbey Inc has shrunk earnings per share by 106% each year. Its revenue is up 6.1% over last year.

Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. And the modest revenue growth over 12 months isn’t much comfort against the reduced earnings per share. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO.

You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Libbey Inc Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 73% over three years, many shareholders in Libbey Inc are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary…

We examined the amount Libbey Inc 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.

Earnings per share have not grown in three years, and the revenue growth fails to impress us.

Arguably worse, investors are without a positive return for the last three years. Some might well form the view that the CEO is paid too generously! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Libbey (free visualization of insider trades).

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past earnings 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.