Is Party City Holdco Inc.’s (NYSE:PRTY) CEO Paid At A Competitive Rate?

In 2014 Jim Harrison was appointed CEO of Party City Holdco Inc. (NYSE:PRTY). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. 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 Jim Harrison’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing, our data says that Party City Holdco Inc. has a market cap of US$174m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$2.5m for the year to December 2018. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.8m. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$100m to US$400m. The median total CEO compensation was US$1.1m.

It would therefore appear that Party City Holdco Inc. pays Jim Harrison more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn’t mean the remuneration is too high. 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 Party City Holdco, below.

NYSE:PRTY CEO Compensation, December 6th 2019
NYSE:PRTY CEO Compensation, December 6th 2019

Is Party City Holdco Inc. Growing?

Party City Holdco Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 19% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue changed by just 0.5%.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. And the flat revenue is seriously uninspiring. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Party City Holdco Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 90% over three years, some Party City Holdco Inc. shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary…

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Party City Holdco Inc., and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

Neither earnings per share nor revenue have been growing sufficiently to impress us, over the last three years. Arguably worse, investors are without a positive return for the last three years. 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 Party City Holdco (free visualization of insider trades).

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