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Should You Worry About Nordson Corporation's (NASDAQ:NDSN) CEO Salary Level?

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Mike Hilton has been the CEO of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) since 2010. 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. 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.

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How Does Mike Hilton's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Nordson Corporation is worth US$8.1b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$7.0m. (This figure is for the year to October 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$925k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$4.0b to US$12b. The median total CEO compensation was US$6.9m.

That means Mike Hilton receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

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

NasdaqGS:NDSN CEO Compensation, July 1st 2019

Is Nordson Corporation Growing?

Nordson Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 13% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It saw its revenue drop -3.0% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. The lack of revenue growth isn't ideal, but it is the bottom line that counts most in business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Nordson Corporation Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 72%, over three years, would leave most Nordson Corporation 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...

Remuneration for Mike Hilton is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Nordson shares (free trial).

Important note: Nordson may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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