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Should You Worry About Rollins, Inc.'s (NYSE:ROL) CEO Salary Level?

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Gary Rollins became the CEO of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL) in 2001. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large companies. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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

According to our data, Rollins, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$11b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$4.9m over the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.0m. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. Once you start looking at very large companies, you need to take a broader range, because there simply aren't that many of them.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Gary Rollins takes less in total compensation than the CEOs of most other large companies, leaving more for shareholders. Though positive, it's important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Rollins, below.

NYSE:ROL CEO Compensation, December 12th 2019

Is Rollins, Inc. Growing?

Rollins, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 11% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 9.1% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Rollins, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Rollins, Inc. for providing a total return of 57% over three years. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

It looks like Rollins, Inc. pays its CEO less than the average at large companies.

Considering the underlying business is growing earnings, this would suggest the pay is modest. And given most shareholders are probably very happy with recent returns, you might even think that Gary Rollins deserves a raise! It's not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Rollins shares (free trial).

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