Does Dollarama Inc.’s (TSE:DOL) CEO Pay Matter?

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Neil Rossy became the CEO of Dollarama Inc. (TSE:DOL) in 2016. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with 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 Neil Rossy’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Dollarama Inc. is worth CA$15b, and total annual CEO compensation is CA$3.9m. (This figure is for the year to February 2019). That’s actually a decrease on the year before. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at CA$1.1m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over CA$10b and the median CEO total compensation was CA$9.1m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts – even though some are quite a bit bigger than others).

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Neil Rossy takes less in total compensation than the CEOs of most other large companies, leaving more for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you’ll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

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

TSX:DOL CEO Compensation, July 19th 2019
TSX:DOL CEO Compensation, July 19th 2019

Is Dollarama Inc. Growing?

Dollarama Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 16% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 9.0% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions.

Has Dollarama Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 52%, over three years, would leave most Dollarama Inc. shareholders smiling. 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…

Dollarama Inc. is currently paying its CEO below what is normal for large companies. Many would consider this to indicate that the pay is modest since the business is growing. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Neil Rossy deserves a raise!

It’s not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. It would be even more positive if company insiders are buying shares. Shareholders may want to check for free if Dollarama insiders are buying or selling shares.

Important note: Dollarama 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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