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Should You Worry About PBF Energy Inc.'s (NYSE:PBF) CEO Salary Level?

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Tom Nimbley has been the CEO of PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE:PBF) 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.

See our latest analysis for PBF Energy

How Does Tom Nimbley's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, PBF Energy Inc. has a market capitalization of US$3.4b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$16m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.5m. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$5.1m.

Thus we can conclude that Tom Nimbley receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to PBF Energy Inc.. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the pay is too high. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at PBF Energy has changed from year to year.

NYSE:PBF CEO Compensation, August 2nd 2019

Is PBF Energy Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, PBF Energy Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 65% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 16% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has PBF Energy Inc. Been A Good Investment?

PBF Energy Inc. has generated a total shareholder return of 23% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by PBF Energy Inc., and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. We also think investors are doing ok, over the same time period. So, considering the EPS growth we do not wish to criticize the level of CEO compensation, though we'd recommend further research on management. So you may want to check if insiders are buying PBF Energy shares with their own money (free access).

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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