How Much Does SOHO China's (HKG:410) CEO Make?

Simply Wall St
November 22, 2020

This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Xin Marita Pan Zhang who has served as CEO of SOHO China Limited (HKG:410) since 2007. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.

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Comparing SOHO China Limited's CEO Compensation With the industry

At the time of writing, our data shows that SOHO China Limited has a market capitalization of HK$13b, and reported total annual CEO compensation of CN¥2.9m for the year to December 2019. That's just a smallish increase of 7.7% on last year. We note that the salary portion, which stands at CN¥2.53m constitutes the majority of total compensation received by the CEO.

For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between HK$7.8b and HK$25b had a median total CEO compensation of CN¥5.0m. In other words, SOHO China pays its CEO lower than the industry median. What's more, Xin Marita Pan Zhang holds HK$4.1b worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary CN¥2.5m CN¥1.9m 89%
Other CN¥323k CN¥727k 11%
Total CompensationCN¥2.9m CN¥2.6m100%

Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 70% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 30% of the pie. According to our research, SOHO China has allocated a higher percentage of pay to salary in comparison to the wider industry. If salary dominates total compensation, it suggests that CEO compensation is leaning less towards the variable component, which is usually linked with performance.

SEHK:410 CEO Compensation November 23rd 2020

SOHO China Limited's Growth

Over the last three years, SOHO China Limited has shrunk its earnings per share by 39% per year. It achieved revenue growth of 37% over the last year.

The decrease in EPS could be a concern for some investors. On the other hand, the strong revenue growth suggests the business is growing. It's hard to reach a conclusion about business performance right now. This may be one to watch. Looking ahead, you might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for the company's future earnings..

Has SOHO China Limited Been A Good Investment?

Given the total shareholder loss of 45% over three years, many shareholders in SOHO China Limited are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. So shareholders would probably want the company to be lessto generous with CEO compensation.

To Conclude...

As we noted earlier, SOHO China pays its CEO lower than the norm for similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. But poor shareholder returns EPS growth have hampered the company over the past three years. On the flip side, recent revenue growth has been positive. So, although Xin Marita Pan is modestly paid, shareholders might want to see positive shareholder returns before warming to the idea of a raise.

We can learn a lot about a company by studying its CEO compensation trends, along with looking at other aspects of the business. We identified 3 warning signs for SOHO China (1 is significant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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