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Should You Worry About Viad Corp's (NYSE:VVI) CEO Salary Level?

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Steve Moster has been the CEO of Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) since 2014. 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 Steve Moster's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Viad Corp has a market cap of US$1.3b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$3.7m for the year to December 2018. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$900k. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$4.1m.

So Steve Moster receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst 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 a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Viad, below.

NYSE:VVI CEO Compensation, October 9th 2019

Is Viad Corp Growing?

Viad Corp has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 6.5% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 6.8% over the last year.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. And the modest revenue growth over 12 months isn't much comfort against the reduced earnings per share. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Viad Corp Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Viad Corp for providing a total return of 88% 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...

Steve Moster is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

We're not seeing great strides in earnings per share, but the company has clearly pleased some investors, given the returns over the last three years. So we doubt many are complaining about the fairly normal CEO pay. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Viad.

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