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Should You Worry About NN, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:NNBR) CEO Salary Level?

Vernon Smith

Rich Holder has been the CEO of NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR) since 2013. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

Check out our latest analysis for NN

How Does Rich Holder’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, NN, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$276m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$3.4m. (This number is for the twelve months until 2017). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$717k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$993k.

It would therefore appear that NN, Inc. pays Rich Holder 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 NN has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:NNBR CEO Compensation January 2nd 19

Is NN, Inc. Growing?

NN, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 45% a year, over the last three years It achieved revenue growth of 20% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has NN, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 57% over three years, many shareholders in NN, Inc. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn’t be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at NN, Inc. with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However, the earnings per share growth over three years is certainly impressive. On the other hand returns to investors over the same period have probably disappointed many. Considering the per share profit growth, but keeping in mind the weak returns, we’d need more time to form a view on CEO compensation. Shareholders may want to check for free if NN insiders are buying or selling shares.

Of course, the past can be informative so you might be interested in considering this analytical visualization showing the company history of 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.