Is Bombardier Inc.’s (TSE:BBD.B) CEO Paid At A Competitive Rate?

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Alain Bellemare has been the CEO of Bombardier Inc. (TSE:BBD.B) since 2015. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Alain Bellemare’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Bombardier Inc. has a market cap of CA$5.2b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$11m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$1.1m. We examined companies with market caps from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$3.0m.

It would therefore appear that Bombardier Inc. pays Alain Bellemare more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn’t mean the remuneration is too high. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Bombardier has changed over time.

TSX:BBD.B CEO Compensation, May 8th 2019
TSX:BBD.B CEO Compensation, May 8th 2019

Is Bombardier Inc. Growing?

Bombardier Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 121% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is down -5.4%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. While it would be good to see revenue growth, profits matter more in the end. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Bombardier Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 7.4% over three years, Bombardier Inc. has done okay by shareholders. But they probably don’t want to see the CEO paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary…

We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Bombardier Inc., and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. We also think investors are doing ok, over the same time period. While it may be worth researching further, we don’t see a problem with the CEO pay, given the good EPS growth. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Bombardier shares (free trial).

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