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Should You Worry About Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SLAB) CEO Salary Level?

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G. Tuttle has been the CEO of Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ:SLAB) since 2012. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does G. Tuttle's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Silicon Laboratories Inc. is worth US$4.5b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$6.1m. (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$648k. 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$5.2m.

So G. Tuttle receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

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

NasdaqGS:SLAB CEO Compensation, July 17th 2019

Is Silicon Laboratories Inc. Growing?

Silicon Laboratories Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 15% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 7.1% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Silicon Laboratories Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Silicon Laboratories Inc. for providing a total return of 101% 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...

Remuneration for G. Tuttle is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Silicon Laboratories shares with their own money (free access).

Important note: Silicon Laboratories may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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