This Is The Reason Why We Think Upco International Inc.'s (CSE:UPCO) CEO Might Be Underpaid

Simply Wall St
April 15, 2021

The solid performance at Upco International Inc. (CSE:UPCO) has been impressive and shareholders will probably be pleased to know that CEO Andrea Pagani has delivered. This would be kept in mind at the upcoming AGM on 22 April 2021 which will be a chance for them to hear the board review the financial results, discuss future company strategy and vote on resolutions such as executive remuneration and other matters. We think the CEO has done a pretty decent job and probably deserves a well-earned pay rise.

Check out our latest analysis for Upco International

Comparing Upco International Inc.'s CEO Compensation With the industry

Our data indicates that Upco International Inc. has a market capitalization of CA$25m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$71k for the year to December 2020. We note that's a decrease of 9.4% compared to last year. Notably, the salary of US$71k is the entirety of the CEO compensation.

On comparing similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations below CA$251m, we found that the median total CEO compensation was US$521k. That is to say, Andrea Pagani is paid under the industry median. Moreover, Andrea Pagani also holds CA$1.3m worth of Upco International stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary US$71k US$78k 100%
Other - - -
Total CompensationUS$71k US$78k100%

On an industry level, roughly 24% of total compensation represents salary and 76% is other remuneration. Speaking on a company level, Upco International prefers to tread along a traditional path, disbursing all compensation through a salary. If salary dominates total compensation, it suggests that CEO compensation is leaning less towards the variable component, which is usually linked with performance.

CNSX:UPCO CEO Compensation April 15th 2021

Upco International Inc.'s Growth

Upco International Inc. has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 13% a year over the past three years. It has seen most of its revenue evaporate over the past year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. The lack of revenue growth isn't ideal, but it is the bottom line that counts most in business. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Upco International Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 156% over three years, Upco International Inc. has done well by shareholders. 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.

In Summary...

Upco International pays CEO compensation exclusively through a salary, with non-salary compensation completely ignored. Given the improved performance, shareholders may be more forgiving of CEO compensation in the upcoming AGM. Seeing that earnings growth and share price performance seems to be on the right path, the more pressing focus for shareholders at the AGM may be how the board and management plans to turn the company into a sustainably profitable one.

It is always advisable to analyse CEO pay, along with performing a thorough analysis of the company's key performance areas. That's why we did our research, and identified 7 warning signs for Upco International (of which 5 don't sit too well with us!) that you should know about in order to have a holistic understanding of the stock.

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