Increases to Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited's (HKG:897) CEO Compensation Might Cool off for now

Simply Wall St
August 18, 2021
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CEO Ching Ho Tang has done a decent job of delivering relatively good performance at Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited (HKG:897) recently. As shareholders go into the upcoming AGM on 25 August 2021, CEO compensation will probably not be their focus, but rather the steps management will take to continue the growth momentum. However, some shareholders may still want to keep CEO compensation within reason.

See our latest analysis for Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings

Comparing Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited's CEO Compensation With the industry

Our data indicates that Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited has a market capitalization of HK$376m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as HK$8.2m for the year to March 2021. We note that's a decrease of 44% compared to last year. In particular, the salary of HK$7.80m, makes up a huge portion of the total compensation being paid to the CEO.

For comparison, other companies in the industry with market capitalizations below HK$1.6b, reported a median total CEO compensation of HK$4.1m. This suggests that Ching Ho Tang is paid more than the median for the industry.

Component20212020Proportion (2021)
Salary HK$7.8m HK$12m 95%
Other HK$378k HK$3.0m 5%
Total CompensationHK$8.2m HK$15m100%

On an industry level, around 71% of total compensation represents salary and 29% is other remuneration. Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings 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 salary is the major component in total compensation, it suggests that the CEO receives a higher fixed proportion of the total compensation, regardless of performance.

SEHK:897 CEO Compensation August 18th 2021

A Look at Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited has shrunk its earnings per share by 24% per year. It achieved revenue growth of 79% over the last year.

Investors would be a bit wary of companies that have lower EPS But on the other hand, revenue growth is strong, suggesting a brighter future. In conclusion we can't form a strong opinion about business performance yet; but it's one worth watching. We don't have analyst forecasts, but you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited Been A Good Investment?

Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings Limited has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 20% over three years. But they probably wouldn't be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

To Conclude...

Ching Ho receives almost all of their compensation through a salary. Although the company has performed relatively well, we still think there are some areas that could be improved. We still think that some shareholders will be hesitant of increasing CEO pay until EPS growth improves, since they are already paid higher than the industry.

CEO compensation is an important area to keep your eyes on, but we've also need to pay attention to other attributes of the company. In our study, we found 2 warning signs for Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings you should be aware of, and 1 of them doesn't sit too well with us.

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