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Should You Worry About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PTCT) CEO Pay Cheque?

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In 1998 Stuart Peltz was appointed CEO of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTCT). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. 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 process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

Check out our latest analysis for Therapeutics

How Does Stuart Peltz's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that PTC Therapeutics, Inc. has a market cap of US$2.6b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$4.0m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$659k. 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$5.1m.

So Stuart Peltz is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NasdaqGS:PTCT CEO Compensation, July 19th 2019

Is PTC Therapeutics, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years PTC Therapeutics, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 32% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 17%.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. 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 PTC Therapeutics, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with PTC Therapeutics, Inc. for providing a total return of 513% over three years. 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...

Stuart Peltz is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! Shareholders may want to check for free if Therapeutics insiders are buying or selling shares.

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