What We Learned About RedFlow's (ASX:RFX) CEO Pay

Simply Wall St
November 26, 2020

Tim Harris has been the CEO of RedFlow Limited (ASX:RFX) since 2018, and this article will examine the executive's compensation with respect to the overall performance of the company. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for RedFlow.

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Comparing RedFlow Limited's CEO Compensation With the industry

According to our data, RedFlow Limited has a market capitalization of AU$31m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth AU$645k over the year to June 2020. That's a notable increase of 8.8% on last year. Notably, the salary which is AU$417.6k, represents most of the total compensation being paid.

In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations under AU$272m, the reported median total CEO compensation was AU$213k. Accordingly, our analysis reveals that RedFlow Limited pays Tim Harris north of the industry median. Moreover, Tim Harris also holds AU$69k worth of RedFlow stock directly under their own name.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary AU$418k AU$432k 65%
Other AU$228k AU$162k 35%
Total CompensationAU$645k AU$593k100%

On an industry level, around 70% of total compensation represents salary and 30% is other remuneration. RedFlow is largely mirroring the industry average when it comes to the share a salary enjoys in overall compensation. If salary is the major component in total compensation, it suggests that the CEO receives a higher fixed proportion of the total compensation, regardless of performance.

ASX:RFX CEO Compensation November 27th 2020

RedFlow Limited's Growth

RedFlow Limited's earnings per share (EPS) grew 34% per year over the last three years. In the last year, its revenue is up 151%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has RedFlow Limited Been A Good Investment?

Given the total shareholder loss of 78% over three years, many shareholders in RedFlow Limited are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

To Conclude...

As previously discussed, Tim is compensated more than what is normal for CEOs of companies of similar size, and which belong to the same industry. However, we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong, but it's disappointing to see negative shareholder returns over the same period. Although we'd stop short of calling it inappropriate, we think Tim is earning a very handsome sum.

We can learn a lot about a company by studying its CEO compensation trends, along with looking at other aspects of the business. That's why we did our research, and identified 5 warning signs for RedFlow (of which 1 is a bit concerning!) that you should know about in order to have a holistic understanding of the stock.

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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