Does Eckoh plc’s (LON:ECK) CEO Salary Reflect Performance?

Nik Philpot has been the CEO of Eckoh plc (LON:ECK) since 2006. 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. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Nik Philpot’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Eckoh plc has a market cap of UK£119m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of UK£459k. (This is based on the year to March 2019). That’s a notable increase of 47% on last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at UK£289k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under UK£165m, and the median CEO total compensation was UK£251k.

As you can see, Nik Philpot is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Eckoh plc is paying too much. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

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

AIM:ECK CEO Compensation, August 9th 2019
AIM:ECK CEO Compensation, August 9th 2019

Is Eckoh plc Growing?

Eckoh plc has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 15% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 5.4%.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. The modest increase in revenue in the last year isn’t enough to make me overlook the disappointing change in earnings per share. It’s hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration.

Has Eckoh plc Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 2.1% over three years, some Eckoh plc shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn’t be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Eckoh plc 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.

We think many shareholders would be underwhelmed with the business growth over the last three years.

Over the same period, investors would have come away with nothing in the way of share price gains. Notably, the CEO remuneration is actually up on last year. This analysis suggests to us that the CEO is paid too generously! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Eckoh (free visualization of insider trades).

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