Quorum Information Technologies Inc. (CVE:QIS) has exhibited strong share price growth in the past few years. However, its earnings growth has not kept up, suggesting that there may be something amiss. The upcoming AGM on 08 October 2021 may be an opportunity for shareholders to bring up any concerns they may have for the board’s attention. One way that shareholders can influence managerial decisions is through voting on CEO and executive remuneration packages, which studies show could impact company performance. From what we gathered, we think shareholders should be wary of raising CEO compensation until the company shows some marked improvement.
Comparing Quorum Information Technologies Inc.'s CEO Compensation With the industry
Our data indicates that Quorum Information Technologies Inc. has a market capitalization of CA$76m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as CA$282k for the year to December 2020. That's a notable increase of 19% on last year. In particular, the salary of CA$245.0k, makes up a huge portion of the total compensation being paid to the CEO.
On comparing similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations below CA$253m, we found that the median total CEO compensation was CA$195k. This suggests that Maury Marks is paid more than the median for the industry. What's more, Maury Marks holds CA$2.5m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.
Speaking on an industry level, nearly 79% of total compensation represents salary, while the remainder of 21% is other remuneration. Quorum Information Technologies is largely mirroring the industry average when it comes to the share a salary enjoys in overall compensation. If total compensation veers towards salary, it suggests that the variable portion - which is generally tied to performance, is lower.
Quorum Information Technologies Inc.'s Growth
Over the last three years, Quorum Information Technologies Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by 38% per year. In the last year, its revenue is up 7.2%.
Few shareholders would be pleased to read that EPS have declined. And the modest revenue growth over 12 months isn't much comfort against the reduced EPS. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. 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 Quorum Information Technologies Inc. Been A Good Investment?
We think that the total shareholder return of 84%, over three years, would leave most Quorum Information Technologies Inc. shareholders smiling. 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.
Although shareholders would be quite happy with the returns they have earned on their initial investment, earnings have failed to grow and this could mean returns may be hard to keep up. In the upcoming AGM, shareholders will get the opportunity to discuss any concerns with the board, including those related to CEO remuneration and assess if the board's plan will likely improve performance in the future.
CEO pay is simply one of the many factors that need to be considered while examining business performance. We did our research and identified 2 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) in Quorum Information Technologies 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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