How Is Steadfast Group's (ASX:SDF) CEO Compensated?

Simply Wall St
October 15, 2020

This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Robert Kelly who has served as CEO of Steadfast Group Limited (ASX:SDF) since 1996. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for Steadfast Group.

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How Does Total Compensation For Robert Kelly Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

According to our data, Steadfast Group Limited has a market capitalization of AU$3.1b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth AU$4.0m over the year to June 2020. We note that's an increase of 11% above last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at AU$1.1m.

For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between AU$1.4b and AU$4.5b had a median total CEO compensation of AU$3.0m. Hence, we can conclude that Robert Kelly is remunerated higher than the industry median. What's more, Robert Kelly holds AU$13m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary AU$1.1m AU$982k 29%
Other AU$2.8m AU$2.6m 71%
Total CompensationAU$4.0m AU$3.6m100%

On an industry level, around 41% of total compensation represents salary and 59% is other remuneration. In Steadfast Group's case, non-salary compensation represents a greater slice of total remuneration, in comparison to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.

ASX:SDF CEO Compensation October 16th 2020

Steadfast Group Limited's Growth

Steadfast Group Limited has reduced its earnings per share by 51% a year over the last three years. It achieved revenue growth of 18% over the last year.

The decrease in EPS could be a concern for some investors. But in contrast the revenue growth is strong, suggesting future potential for EPS growth. In conclusion we can't form a strong opinion about business performance yet; but it's one worth watching. Moving away from current form for a second, it could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Steadfast Group Limited Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 34% over three years, Steadfast Group Limited has done well by shareholders. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

To Conclude...

As we noted earlier, Steadfast Group pays its CEO higher than the norm for similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. But Steadfast Group is growing its revenue, and total shareholder returns have also been pleasing for the last three years. Sadly, EPS growth did not follow suit, remaining during this time. Although we would have liked to see EPS growth, positive shareholder returns, and growing revenues make us believe CEO compensation is reasonable.

It is always advisable to analyse CEO pay, along with performing a thorough analysis of the company's key performance areas. That's why we did our research, and identified 4 warning signs for Steadfast Group (of which 1 can't be ignored!) 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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