Does Cesca Therapeutics Inc.’s (NASDAQ:KOOL) CEO Pay Matter?

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Chris Xu became the CEO of Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:KOOL) in 2016. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Chris Xu’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Cesca Therapeutics Inc. is worth US$8.3m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$653k. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$460k. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations below US$200m, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$468k.

Thus we can conclude that Chris Xu receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Cesca Therapeutics Inc.. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the pay is too high. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Cesca Therapeutics has changed over time.

NasdaqCM:KOOL CEO Compensation, July 17th 2019
NasdaqCM:KOOL CEO Compensation, July 17th 2019

Is Cesca Therapeutics Inc. Growing?

Cesca Therapeutics Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 67% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is down -5.4% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. The lack of revenue growth isn’t ideal, but it is the bottom line that counts most in business.

Has Cesca Therapeutics Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 89% over three years, some Cesca Therapeutics Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Cesca Therapeutics Inc. with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. On the other hand returns to investors over the same period have probably disappointed many. Considering the per share profit growth, but keeping in mind the weak returns, we’d need more time to form a view on CEO compensation. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Cesca Therapeutics shares (free trial).

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