Why Plexus Corp.’s (NASDAQ:PLXS) CEO Pay Matters To You

In 2016 Todd Kelsey was appointed CEO of Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Todd Kelsey’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Plexus Corp. has a market capitalization of US$2.2b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$6.5m over the year to September 2019. That’s less than last year. We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$959k. Importantly, there may be performance hurdles relating to the non-salary component of the total compensation. We examined companies with market caps from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$3.8m.

It would therefore appear that Plexus Corp. pays Todd Kelsey 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. 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, below, how CEO compensation at Plexus has changed over time.

NasdaqGS:PLXS CEO Compensation, February 17th 2020
NasdaqGS:PLXS CEO Compensation, February 17th 2020

Is Plexus Corp. Growing?

Plexus Corp. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 25% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 9.6% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Plexus Corp. Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 28% over three years, Plexus Corp. shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they probably don’t want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Plexus Corp. 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.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. We also note that, over the same time frame, shareholder returns haven’t been bad. You might wish to research management further, but on this analysis, considering the EPS growth, we wouldn’t call the CEO pay problematic. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Plexus shares with their own money (free access).

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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