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Should You Worry About RH's (NYSE:RH) CEO Pay?

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In 2014 Gary Friedman was appointed CEO of RH (NYSE:RH). 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. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Gary Friedman's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that RH is worth US$2.2b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$3.9m. (This figure is for the year to February 2019). That's below the compensation, last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.3m. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$3.9m.

That means Gary Friedman receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NYSE:RH CEO Compensation, July 4th 2019

Is RH Growing?

On average over the last three years, RH has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 91% each year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 4.6% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has RH Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 320% over three years, RH 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...

Gary Friedman is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

The company is growing earnings per share and total shareholder returns have been pleasing. 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 RH shares (free trial).

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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