Most Shareholders Will Probably Find That The Compensation For Alpha Professional Holdings Limited's (HKG:948) CEO Is Reasonable

Simply Wall St
September 01, 2021
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Performance at Alpha Professional Holdings Limited (HKG:948) has been rather uninspiring recently and shareholders may be wondering how CEO Peijian Yi plans to fix this. One way they can exercise their influence on management is through voting on resolutions, such as executive remuneration at the next AGM, coming up on 08 September 2021. Voting on executive pay could be a powerful way to influence management, as studies have shown that the right compensation incentives impact company performance. In our opinion, CEO compensation does not look excessive and we discuss why.

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How Does Total Compensation For Peijian Yi Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

At the time of writing, our data shows that Alpha Professional Holdings Limited has a market capitalization of HK$330m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of HK$1.3m for the year to March 2021. This was the same amount the CEO received in the prior year. In particular, the salary of HK$1.20m, makes up a huge portion of the total compensation being paid to the CEO.

In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations under HK$1.6b, the reported median total CEO compensation was HK$2.1m. This suggests that Peijian Yi is paid below the industry median.

Component20212020Proportion (2021)
Salary HK$1.2m HK$1.2m 91%
Other HK$118k HK$118k 9%
Total CompensationHK$1.3m HK$1.3m100%

Speaking on an industry level, nearly 81% of total compensation represents salary, while the remainder of 19% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that Alpha Professional Holdings pays out a greater portion of remuneration through salary, compared to the industry. 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:948 CEO Compensation September 1st 2021

Alpha Professional Holdings Limited's Growth

Alpha Professional Holdings Limited has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 115% a year over the past three years. In the last year, its revenue is up 81%.

Shareholders would be glad to know that the company has improved itself over the last few years. The combination of strong revenue growth with medium-term EPS improvement certainly points to the kind of growth we like to see. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Alpha Professional Holdings Limited Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of -59% over three years, Alpha Professional Holdings Limited shareholders would by and large be disappointed. Therefore, it might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

To Conclude...

The loss to shareholders over the past three years is certainly concerning. This diverges with the robust growth in EPS, suggesting that there is a large discrepancy between share price and fundamentals. A key focus for the board and management will be how to align the share price with fundamentals. In the upcoming AGM, shareholders should take this opportunity to raise these concerns with the board and revisit their investment thesis with regards to the company.

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. That's why we did our research, and identified 3 warning signs for Alpha Professional Holdings (of which 1 is potentially serious!) that you should know about in order to have a holistic understanding of the stock.

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