Our Take On Equitable Group's (TSE:EQB) CEO Salary

Simply Wall St
September 27, 2020
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This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Andrew R. Moor who has served as CEO of Equitable Group Inc. (TSE:EQB) since 2007. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.

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How Does Total Compensation For Andrew R. Moor Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

Our data indicates that Equitable Group Inc. has a market capitalization of CA$1.3b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as CA$3.0m for the year to December 2019. That's a modest increase of 5.6% on the prior year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at CA$700k.

For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between CA$536m and CA$2.1b had a median total CEO compensation of CA$2.6m. This suggests that Equitable Group remunerates its CEO largely in line with the industry average. Furthermore, Andrew R. Moor directly owns CA$16m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary CA$700k CA$700k 24%
Other CA$2.3m CA$2.1m 76%
Total CompensationCA$3.0m CA$2.8m100%

On an industry level, roughly 47% of total compensation represents salary and 53% is other remuneration. In Equitable Group's case, non-salary compensation represents a greater slice of total remuneration, in comparison to the broader industry. If total compensation is slanted towards non-salary benefits, it indicates that CEO pay is linked to company performance.

TSX:EQB CEO Compensation September 28th 2020

A Look at Equitable Group Inc.'s Growth Numbers

Equitable Group Inc. has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 4.6% a year over the past three years. Its revenue is up 11% over the last year.

We would argue that the modest growth in revenue is a notable positive. And the improvement in EPSis modest but respectable. So while we'd stop just short of calling this a top performer, but we think it is well worth watching. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what's coming up next but if you want to peer into the company's future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Equitable Group Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Equitable Group Inc. for providing a total return of 41% over three years. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

To Conclude...

As previously discussed, Andrew R. is compensated close to the median for companies of its size, and which belong to the same industry. However, the company's EPS growth numbers over the last three years is not that impressive. Meanwhile, shareholder returns have remained positive over the same time frame. We would like to see EPS growth from the business, although we wouldn't say the CEO compensation is high.

While it is important to pay attention to CEO remuneration, investors should also consider other elements of the business. That's why we did some digging and identified 1 warning sign for Equitable Group that investors should think about before committing capital to this stock.

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