How Is Andrews Sykes Group's (LON:ASY) CEO Compensated?

Simply Wall St
August 02, 2020

Paul Wood has been the CEO of Andrews Sykes Group plc (LON:ASY) since 2006, 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 Andrews Sykes Group.

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How Does Total Compensation For Paul Wood Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

According to our data, Andrews Sykes Group plc has a market capitalization of UK£266m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth UK£459k over the year to December 2019. We note that's a decrease of 19% compared to last year. We note that the salary portion, which stands at UK£449.0k constitutes the majority of total compensation received by the CEO.

On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from UK£152m to UK£609m, we found that the median CEO total compensation was UK£575k. From this we gather that Paul Wood is paid around the median for CEOs in the industry. Moreover, Paul Wood also holds UK£50k worth of Andrews Sykes Group stock directly under their own name.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary UK£449k UK£528k 98%
Other UK£10k UK£38k 2%
Total CompensationUK£459k UK£566k100%

On an industry level, around 55% of total compensation represents salary and 45% is other remuneration. Andrews Sykes Group is focused on going down a more traditional approach and is paying a higher portion of compensation through salary, as compared to non-salary benefits. If total compensation veers towards salary, it suggests that the variable portion - which is generally tied to performance, is lower.

AIM:ASY CEO Compensation August 2nd 2020

Andrews Sykes Group plc's Growth

Over the past three years, Andrews Sykes Group plc has seen its earnings per share (EPS) grow by 1.3% per year. It saw its revenue drop 1.7% over the last year.

We would argue that the lack of revenue growth in the last year is less than ideal, but the modest EPS growth gives us some relief. It's hard to reach a conclusion about business performance right now. This may be one to watch. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Andrews Sykes Group plc Been A Good Investment?

Andrews Sykes Group plc has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 25% over three years. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

Andrews Sykes Group pays its CEO a majority of compensation through a salary. As we touched on above, Andrews Sykes Group plc is currently paying a compensation that's close to the median pay for CEOs of companies belonging to the same industry and with similar market capitalizations. But the company has failed to produce substantial growth in either earnings or total shareholder return. So, although the CEO compensation seems reasonable, shareholders might want to see some further progress before they agree that Paul should get 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. That's why we did some digging and identified 2 warning signs for Andrews Sykes Group that investors should think about before committing capital to this stock.

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