The Compensation For Burcon NutraScience Corporation's (TSE:BU) CEO Looks Deserved And Here's Why

Simply Wall St
September 08, 2021
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We have been pretty impressed with the performance at Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSE:BU) recently and CEO Johann Tergesen deserves a mention for their role in it. Coming up to the next AGM on 15 September 2021, shareholders would be keeping this in mind. The focus will probably be on the future company strategy as shareholders cast their votes on resolutions such as executive remuneration and other matters. In light of the great performance, we discuss the case why we think CEO compensation is not excessive.

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How Does Total Compensation For Johann Tergesen Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

At the time of writing, our data shows that Burcon NutraScience Corporation has a market capitalization of CA$329m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of CA$616k for the year to March 2021. We note that's an increase of 67% above last year. We think total compensation is more important but our data shows that the CEO salary is lower, at CA$295k.

On examining similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations between CA$127m and CA$508m, we discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was CA$689k. This suggests that Burcon NutraScience remunerates its CEO largely in line with the industry average. Moreover, Johann Tergesen also holds CA$10m worth of Burcon NutraScience stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20212020Proportion (2021)
Salary CA$295k CA$275k 48%
Other CA$321k CA$94k 52%
Total CompensationCA$616k CA$369k100%

On an industry level, roughly 67% of total compensation represents salary and 33% is other remuneration. Burcon NutraScience pays a modest slice of remuneration through salary, as compared to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.

TSX:BU CEO Compensation September 9th 2021

A Look at Burcon NutraScience Corporation's Growth Numbers

Burcon NutraScience Corporation's earnings per share (EPS) grew 72% per year over the last three years. It achieved revenue growth of 1,016% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. The combination of strong revenue growth with medium-term EPS improvement certainly points to the kind of growth we like to see. 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 Burcon NutraScience Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Burcon NutraScience Corporation for providing a total return of 593% over three years. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

Seeing that company performance has been quite good recently, some shareholders may feel that CEO compensation may not be the biggest focus in the upcoming AGM. In saying that, some shareholders may feel that the more important issues to be addressed may be how the management plans to steer the company towards sustainable profitability in the future.

CEO pay is simply one of the many factors that need to be considered while examining business performance. We identified 3 warning signs for Burcon NutraScience (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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