Is Link Administration Holdings Limited’s (ASX:LNK) CEO Overpaid Relative To Its Peers?

In 2002 John McMurtrie was appointed CEO of Link Administration Holdings Limited (ASX:LNK). 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

See our latest analysis for Link Administration Holdings

How Does John McMurtrie’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Link Administration Holdings Limited is worth AU$2.7b, and total annual CEO compensation is AU$2.4m. (This number is for the twelve months until June 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at AU$855k. We examined companies with market caps from AU$1.4b to AU$4.6b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was AU$2.4m.

So John McMurtrie is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. This doesn’t tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Link Administration Holdings has changed over time.

ASX:LNK CEO Compensation, July 27th 2019
ASX:LNK CEO Compensation, July 27th 2019

Is Link Administration Holdings Limited Growing?

On average over the last three years, Link Administration Holdings Limited has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 53% each year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 59%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business.

Has Link Administration Holdings Limited Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 34%, Link Administration Holdings Limited would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. So shareholders would probably think the company shouldn’t be too generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary…

John McMurtrie is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

We’d say the company can boast of its EPS growth, but it’s disappointing to see negative shareholder returns over three years. We’d be surprised if shareholders want to see a pay rise for the CEO, but we’d stop short of calling their pay too generous. Shareholders may want to check for free if Link Administration Holdings insiders are buying or selling shares.

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