Jonathan Murphy became the CEO of Assura Plc (LON:AGR) in 2016, and we think it’s a good time to look at the executive’s compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.
Comparing Assura Plc’s CEO Compensation With the industry
At the time of writing, our data shows that Assura Plc has a market capitalization of UK£2.0b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of UK£1.1m for the year to March 2020. That’s a notable increase of 42% on last year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at UK£395k.
For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between UK£1.6b and UK£5.1b had a median total CEO compensation of UK£1.5m. This suggests that Assura remunerates its CEO largely in line with the industry average. Furthermore, Jonathan Murphy directly owns UK£1.7m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company’s success.
On an industry level, roughly 39% of total compensation represents salary and 61% is other remuneration. Assura sets aside a smaller share of compensation for salary, in comparison to the overall industry. If total compensation is slanted towards non-salary benefits, it indicates that CEO pay is linked to company performance.
A Look at Assura Plc’s Growth Numbers
Assura Plc has reduced its earnings per share by 17% a year over the last three years. In the last year, its revenue is up 8.9%.
Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. The modest increase in revenue in the last year isn’t enough to make us overlook the disappointing change in earnings per share. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO. 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 Assura Plc Been A Good Investment?
Boasting a total shareholder return of 40% over three years, Assura Plc 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.
As we touched on above, Assura Plc is currently paying a compensation that’s close to the median pay for CEOs of companies belonging to the same industry and with similar market capitalizations. This doesn’t look good when you see that earnings growth over the last three years has been negative. But on the bright side, shareholder returns have moved northward during the same period. We wouldn’t say CEO compensation is too high, but shareholders might think performance needs to be improved before paying any more.
We can learn a lot about a company by studying its CEO compensation trends, along with looking at other aspects of the business. We identified 3 warning signs for Assura (1 is concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.
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