What Can We Learn About Matsa Resources' (ASX:MAT) CEO Compensation?

Simply Wall St
January 14, 2021

The CEO of Matsa Resources Limited (ASX:MAT) is Paul Poli, and this article examines the executive's compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. This analysis will also assess whether Matsa Resources pays its CEO appropriately, considering recent earnings growth and total shareholder returns.

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How Does Total Compensation For Paul Poli Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

According to our data, Matsa Resources Limited has a market capitalization of AU$27m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth AU$495k over the year to June 2020. We note that's a decrease of 19% compared to last year. Notably, the salary which is AU$331.0k, represents most of the total compensation being paid.

On comparing similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations below AU$259m, we found that the median total CEO compensation was AU$308k. Accordingly, our analysis reveals that Matsa Resources Limited pays Paul Poli north of the industry median. Furthermore, Paul Poli directly owns AU$1.2m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary AU$331k AU$342k 67%
Other AU$164k AU$266k 33%
Total CompensationAU$495k AU$608k100%

Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 69% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 31% of the pie. There isn't a significant difference between Matsa Resources and the broader market, in terms of salary allocation in the overall compensation package. If total compensation veers towards salary, it suggests that the variable portion - which is generally tied to performance, is lower.

ASX:MAT CEO Compensation January 15th 2021

A Look at Matsa Resources Limited's Growth Numbers

Matsa Resources Limited has reduced its earnings per share by 52% a year over the last three years. Its revenue is down 5.9% over the previous year.

Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. And the fact that revenue is down year on year arguably paints an ugly picture. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Matsa Resources Limited Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 52% over three years, some Matsa Resources Limited investors would surely be feeling negative emotions. So shareholders would probably want the company to be lessto generous with CEO compensation.

To Conclude...

As we noted earlier, Matsa Resources pays its CEO higher than the norm for similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. This doesn't look good against shareholder returns, which have been negative for the past three years. Arguably worse, we've been waiting for positive EPS growth for the last three years. Overall, with such poor performance, shareholder's would probably have questions if the company decided to give the CEO a raise.

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. We did our research and identified 4 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) in Matsa Resources we think you should know about.

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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