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Should You Worry About Life Storage Inc’s (NYSE:LSI) CEO Salary Level?

Dave Rogers became the CEO of Life Storage Inc (NYSE:LSI) in 2012. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Dave Rogers’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Life Storage Inc has a market capitalization of US$4.4b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$3m. Notably, that’s an increase of 49% over the year before. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO compensation was US$5m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less 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 Life Storage, below.

NYSE:LSI CEO Compensation October 31st 18

Is Life Storage Inc Growing?

On average over the last three years, Life Storage Inc has shrunk earnings per share by 16% each year. Its revenue is up 4.4% 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. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO.

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

Has Life Storage Inc Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 8.5% over three years, Life Storage Inc has done okay by shareholders. But they probably wouldn’t be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary…

It looks like Life Storage Inc pays its CEO less than similar sized companies.

Shareholders should note that compensation for Dave Rogers is under the median of a group of similar sized companies. However, the earnings per share are not moving in the right direction, and the returns to shareholders could have been better. There is room for improved company performance, but we don’t see the CEO pay as a big issue here. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Life Storage Inc.

Or you might prefer this data-rich interactive visualization of historic revenue and earnings.

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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.