How Should Investors React To Standard Chartered’s (LON:STAN) CEO Pay?

Bill Winters has been the CEO of Standard Chartered PLC (LON:STAN) since 2015, and this article will examine the executive’s compensation with respect to the overall performance of the company. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for Standard Chartered.

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Comparing Standard Chartered PLC’s CEO Compensation With the industry

At the time of writing, our data shows that Standard Chartered PLC has a market capitalization of UK£14b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of UK£5.9m for the year to December 2019. That’s a slightly lower by 5.6% over the previous year. We think total compensation is more important but our data shows that the CEO salary is lower, at UK£2.4m.

For comparison, other companies in the industry with market capitalizations above UK£6.3b, reported a median total CEO compensation of UK£1.7m. Hence, we can conclude that Bill Winters is remunerated higher than the industry median. What’s more, Bill Winters holds UK£8.0m worth of shares in the company in their own name.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary UK£2.4m UK£2.3m 40%
Other UK£3.6m UK£4.0m 60%
Total CompensationUK£5.9m UK£6.3m100%

Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 44% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 56% of the pie. There isn’t a significant difference between Standard Chartered and the broader market, in terms of salary allocation in the overall compensation package. If non-salary compensation dominates total pay, it’s an indicator that the executive’s salary is tied to company performance.

LSE:STAN CEO Compensation July 14th 2020

Standard Chartered PLC’s Growth

Standard Chartered PLC has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 50% a year over the past three years. In the last year, its revenue changed by just 0.6%.

Shareholders would be glad to know that the company has improved itself over the last few years. It’s always a tough situation when revenues are not growing, but ultimately profits are more important. Looking ahead, you might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for the company’s future earnings..

Has Standard Chartered PLC Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 43% for the shareholders, Standard Chartered PLC would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

To Conclude…

As we touched on above, Standard Chartered PLC is currently paying its CEO higher than the median pay for CEOs of companies belonging to the same industry and with similar market capitalizations. However, the earnings per share growth is certainly impressive, but we cannot say the same about the uninspiring shareholder returns (over the last three years). Considering overall performance, we can’t say Bill is underpaid, in fact compensation is definitely on the higher side.

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