How Should Investors Feel About Benchmark Holdings plc's (LON:BMK) CEO Pay?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 30, 2019

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In 2000 Malcolm David Pye was appointed CEO of Benchmark Holdings plc (LON:BMK). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Malcolm David Pye's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Benchmark Holdings plc has a market capitalization of UK£232m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth UK£554k. (This is based on the year to September 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at UK£315k. We examined companies with market caps from UK£79m to UK£317m, and discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was UK£532k.

That means Malcolm David Pye receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Benchmark Holdings, below.

AIM:BMK CEO Compensation, May 30th 2019

Is Benchmark Holdings plc Growing?

Over the last three years Benchmark Holdings plc has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 79% per year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 8.1%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Benchmark Holdings plc Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 25%, Benchmark Holdings plc would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary...

Malcolm David Pye is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

We like that the company is growing EPS, but we find the returns over the last three years to be lacking. We'd be surprised if shareholders want to see a pay rise for the CEO, but we'd stop short of calling their pay too generous. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Benchmark Holdings shares with their own money (free access).

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