Shareholders will probably not be disappointed by the robust results at Chalice Mining Limited (ASX:CHN) recently and they will be keeping this in mind as they go into the AGM on 23 November 2022. The focus will probably be on the future strategic initiatives that the board and management will put in place to improve the business rather than executive remuneration when they cast their votes on company resolutions. Here is our take on why we think CEO compensation is fair and may even warrant a raise.
Comparing Chalice Mining Limited's CEO Compensation With The Industry
Our data indicates that Chalice Mining Limited has a market capitalization of AU$1.8b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as AU$1.2m for the year to June 2022. That's a notable increase of 36% on last year. We think total compensation is more important but our data shows that the CEO salary is lower, at AU$478k.
On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from AU$1.5b to AU$4.7b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was AU$1.7m. Accordingly, Chalice Mining pays its CEO under the industry median. What's more, Alex Dorsch holds AU$33m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.
On an industry level, roughly 60% of total compensation represents salary and 40% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that Chalice Mining allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. If non-salary compensation dominates total pay, it's an indicator that the executive's salary is tied to company performance.
Chalice Mining Limited's Growth
Over the last three years, Chalice Mining Limited has shrunk its earnings per share by 21% per year. It achieved revenue growth of 22% over the last year.
The reduction in EPS, over three years, is arguably concerning. But in contrast the revenue growth is strong, suggesting future potential for EPS growth. It's hard to reach a conclusion about business performance right now. This may be one to watch. Looking ahead, you might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for the company's future earnings..
Has Chalice Mining Limited Been A Good Investment?
Boasting a total shareholder return of 2,852% over three years, Chalice Mining 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.
The company's overall performance, while not bad, could be better. Assuming the business continues to grow at a good clip, few shareholders would raise any objections to the CEO's remuneration. Rather, investors would more likely want to engage on discussions related to key strategic initiatives and future growth opportunities for the company and set their longer-term expectations.
CEO compensation is an important area to keep your eyes on, but we've also need to pay attention to other attributes of the company. That's why we did our research, and identified 4 warning signs for Chalice Mining (of which 2 are 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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