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How Much Does Velan's (TSE:VLN) CEO Make?

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Yves Leduc has been the CEO of Velan Inc. (TSE:VLN) since 2017, and this article will examine the executive's compensation with respect to the overall performance of the company. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for Velan.

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Comparing Velan Inc.'s CEO Compensation With the industry

At the time of writing, our data shows that Velan Inc. has a market capitalization of CA$141m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of CA$553k for the year to February 2020. That's mostly flat as compared to the prior year's compensation. In particular, the salary of US$436.0k, makes up a huge portion of the total compensation being paid to the CEO.

For comparison, other companies in the industry with market capitalizations below CA$254m, reported a median total CEO compensation of CA$318k. Hence, we can conclude that Yves Leduc is remunerated higher than the industry median. What's more, Yves Leduc holds CA$261k worth of shares in the company in their own name.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary CA$436k CA$443k 79%
Other CA$117k CA$108k 21%
Total CompensationCA$553k CA$551k100%

Speaking on an industry level, nearly 60% of total compensation represents salary, while the remainder of 40% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that Velan pays out a greater portion of remuneration through salary, compared to the industry. If salary dominates total compensation, it suggests that CEO compensation is leaning less towards the variable component, which is usually linked with performance.

TSX:VLN CEO Compensation December 18th 2020

A Look at Velan Inc.'s Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Velan Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by 8.8% per year. In the last year, its revenue is down 5.3%.

Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn't really justify a high pay packet for the CEO. While we don't have analyst forecasts for the company, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Velan Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total shareholder loss of 62% over three years, many shareholders in Velan Inc. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. Therefore, it might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

To Conclude...

As we noted earlier, Velan 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. Add to that declining EPS growth, and you have the perfect recipe for shareholder irritation. Overall, with such poor performance, shareholder's would probably have questions if the company decided to give the CEO a raise.

CEO compensation is a crucial aspect to keep your eyes on but investors also need to keep their eyes open for other issues related to business performance. We did our research and spotted 1 warning sign for Velan that investors should look into moving forward.

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