Is SilverSun Technologies, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:SSNT) CEO Paid At A Competitive Rate?

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Mark Meller became the CEO of SilverSun Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SSNT) in 2004. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Mark Meller’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that SilverSun Technologies, Inc. is worth US$13m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$705k. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). Notably, the salary of US$705k is the vast majority of the CEO compensation. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under US$200m, and the median CEO total compensation was US$463k.

As you can see, Mark Meller is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean SilverSun Technologies, Inc. is paying too much. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

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

NasdaqCM:SSNT CEO Compensation, July 10th 2019
NasdaqCM:SSNT CEO Compensation, July 10th 2019

Is SilverSun Technologies, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, SilverSun Technologies, Inc. has shrunk earnings per share by 63% each year (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 17%.

Unfortunately, earnings per share have trended lower over the last three years. There’s no doubt that the silver lining is that revenue is up. But it isn’t sufficiently fast growth to overlook the fact that earnings per share has gone backwards over three years. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO.

Has SilverSun Technologies, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with SilverSun Technologies, Inc. for providing a total return of 105% over three years. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at SilverSun Technologies, Inc. with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

Neither earnings per share nor revenue have been growing sufficiently fast to impress us, over the last three years.

On the other hand, returns have been good, so the company is doing something right. Considering this, shareholders are probably not too worried about the CEO compensation. So you may want to check if insiders are buying SilverSun Technologies shares with their own money (free access).

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