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Should You Worry About Proto Labs, Inc.'s (NYSE:PRLB) CEO Salary Level?

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Vicki Holt has been the CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) since 2014. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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.

See our latest analysis for Proto Labs

How Does Vicki Holt's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Proto Labs, Inc. has a market cap of US$2.8b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$3.6m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). That's less than last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$550k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$2.0b to US$6.4b. The median total CEO compensation was US$5.3m.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Vicki Holt takes less total compensation than the CEOs of most similar size companies, leaving more 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 Proto Labs, below.

NYSE:PRLB CEO Compensation, June 5th 2019

Is Proto Labs, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Proto Labs, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 20% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 21% 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. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Proto Labs, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 52% over three years, Proto Labs, Inc. has done well by shareholders. 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...

Proto Labs, Inc. is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for companies of its size. Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Vicki Holt deserves a raise!

Most shareholders like to see a modestly paid CEO combined with strong performance by the company. But it is even better if company insiders are also buying shares with their own money. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Proto Labs.

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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