A Quick Analysis On FirstService’s (TSE:FSV) CEO Salary

D. Patterson has been the CEO of FirstService Corporation (TSE:FSV) since 2015, and this article will examine the executive’s compensation with respect to the overall performance of the company. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.

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How Does Total Compensation For D. Patterson Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

At the time of writing, our data shows that FirstService Corporation has a market capitalization of CA$6.7b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$4.5m for the year to December 2019. Notably, that’s an increase of 13% over the year before. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at US$614k.

On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from CA$5.3b to CA$16b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was US$1.4m. Accordingly, our analysis reveals that FirstService Corporation pays D. Patterson north of the industry median. Moreover, D. Patterson also holds CA$154m worth of FirstService stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary US$614k US$608k 14%
Other US$3.9m US$3.4m 86%
Total CompensationUS$4.5m US$4.0m100%

Talking in terms of the broader industry, salary and other compensation roughly make up 50% each, of the total compensation. FirstService sets aside a smaller share of compensation for salary, in comparison to the overall industry. It’s important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company’s performance.

TSX:FSV CEO Compensation August 12th 2020

A Look at FirstService Corporation’s Growth Numbers

Over the past three years, FirstService Corporation has seen its earnings per share (EPS) grow by 3.8% per year. In the last year, its revenue is up 26%.

We like the look of the strong year-on-year improvement in revenue. And in that context, the modest EPS improvement certainly isn’t shabby. We’d stop short of saying the business performance is amazing, but there are enough positives to justify further research, or even adding the stock to your watch-list. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what’s coming up next but if you want to peer into the company’s future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has FirstService Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 93% over three years, FirstService Corporation 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…

As we noted earlier, FirstService pays its CEO higher than the norm for similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. But shareholder returns have been positive for the last three years. Albeit, earnings growth has not been as impressive over the same time frame. All things considered, we don’t think there’s a reason to criticize CEO compensation, though we hope FirstService will post healthier earnings growth moving forward.

CEO compensation is a crucial aspect to keep your eyes on but investors also need to keep their eyes open for other issues related to business performance. We’ve identified 4 warning signs for FirstService that investors should be aware of in a dynamic business environment.

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