Should You Worry About G.A. Holdings Limited’s (HKG:8126) CEO Salary Level?

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Choong Yew Choy has been the CEO of G.A. Holdings Limited (HKG:8126) since 2012. 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. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

View our latest analysis for G.A. Holdings

How Does Choong Yew Choy’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that G.A. Holdings Limited has a market cap of HK$150m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of HK$1.7m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). That’s actually a decrease on the year before. It is worth noting that the CEO compensation consists almost entirely of the salary, worth HK$1.7m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under HK$1.6b, and the median CEO total compensation was HK$1.7m.

So Choong Yew Choy is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn’t tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

SEHK:8126 CEO Compensation, June 10th 2019
SEHK:8126 CEO Compensation, June 10th 2019

Is G.A. Holdings Limited Growing?

Over the last three years G.A. Holdings Limited has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 18% per year (measured with a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 10% over the last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that earnings per share are lower over three years. While the revenue growth is good to see, it is outweighed by the fact that earnings per share are down, over three years. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation for the CEO. Although we don’t have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has G.A. Holdings Limited Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 44% over three years, many shareholders in G.A. Holdings Limited are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary…

Choong Yew Choy is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

Returns have been disappointing and the company is not growing its earnings per share. Few would argue that it’s wise for the company to pay any more, before returns improve. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling G.A. Holdings (free visualization of insider trades).

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