We Think Shareholders May Want To Consider A Review Of Emperor International Holdings Limited's (HKG:163) CEO Compensation Package

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August 12, 2021
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Shareholders will probably not be too impressed with the underwhelming results at Emperor International Holdings Limited (HKG:163) recently. Shareholders will be interested in what the board will have to say about turning performance around at the next AGM on 19 August 2021. They will also get a chance to influence managerial decision-making through voting on resolutions such as executive remuneration, which may impact firm value in the future. From our analysis, we think CEO compensation may need a review in light of the recent performance.

See our latest analysis for Emperor International Holdings

Comparing Emperor International Holdings Limited's CEO Compensation With the industry

Our data indicates that Emperor International Holdings Limited has a market capitalization of HK$4.1b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as HK$4.4m for the year to March 2021. That's a notable decrease of 22% on last year. Notably, the salary which is HK$3.61m, represents most of the total compensation being paid.

On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from HK$1.6b to HK$6.2b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was HK$2.8m. Hence, we can conclude that Bryan Wong is remunerated higher than the industry median.

Component20212020Proportion (2021)
Salary HK$3.6m HK$4.7m 83%
Other HK$753k HK$832k 17%
Total CompensationHK$4.4m HK$5.6m100%

On an industry level, around 69% of total compensation represents salary and 31% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that Emperor International Holdings pays out a greater portion of remuneration through salary, compared to the industry. If total compensation veers towards salary, it suggests that the variable portion - which is generally tied to performance, is lower.

SEHK:163 CEO Compensation August 12th 2021

A Look at Emperor International Holdings Limited's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Emperor International Holdings Limited has shrunk its earnings per share by 101% per year. It saw its revenue drop 44% over the last year.

The decline in EPS is a bit concerning. And the impression is worse when you consider revenue is down year-on-year. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. While we don't have analyst forecasts for the company, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Emperor International Holdings Limited Been A Good Investment?

Few Emperor International Holdings Limited shareholders would feel satisfied with the return of -40% over three years. So shareholders would probably want the company to be less generous with CEO compensation.

In Summary...

Given that shareholders haven't seen any positive returns on their investment, not to mention the lack of earnings growth, this may suggest that few of them would be willing to award the CEO with a pay rise. At the upcoming AGM, management will get a chance to explain how they plan to get the business back on track and address the concerns from investors.

CEO pay is simply one of the many factors that need to be considered while examining business performance. That's why we did our research, and identified 3 warning signs for Emperor International Holdings (of which 2 are a bit concerning!) that you should know about in order to have a holistic understanding of the stock.

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