Our Take On Wilhelmina International, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:WHLM) CEO Salary

Bill Wackermann became the CEO of Wilhelmina International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WHLM) in 2016. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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 Wilhelmina International

How Does Bill Wackermann’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Wilhelmina International, Inc. is worth US$27m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$618k for the year to December 2018. Notably, the salary of US$593k 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$496k.

So Bill Wackermann 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. We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Wilhelmina International, below.

NasdaqCM:WHLM CEO Compensation, September 18th 2019
NasdaqCM:WHLM CEO Compensation, September 18th 2019

Is Wilhelmina International, Inc. Growing?

Over the last three years Wilhelmina International, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 18% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 1.9% over last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions.

Has Wilhelmina International, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 36% over three years, many shareholders in Wilhelmina International, Inc. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary…

Remuneration for Bill Wackermann is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, 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. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Wilhelmina International (free visualization of insider trades).

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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