This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Geir Haoy who has served as CEO of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (OB:KOG) since 2016. This analysis will also assess whether Kongsberg Gruppen pays its CEO appropriately, considering recent earnings growth and total shareholder returns.
Comparing Kongsberg Gruppen ASA's CEO Compensation With the industry
According to our data, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA has a market capitalization of kr32b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth kr10m over the year to December 2019. We note that's an increase of 17% above last year. We note that the salary portion, which stands at kr5.50m constitutes the majority of total compensation received by the CEO.
For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between kr17b and kr55b had a median total CEO compensation of kr19m. In other words, Kongsberg Gruppen pays its CEO lower than the industry median. Furthermore, Geir Haoy directly owns kr6.3m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.
On an industry level, roughly 42% of total compensation represents salary and 58% is other remuneration. According to our research, Kongsberg Gruppen has allocated a higher percentage of pay to salary in comparison to the wider 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.
A Look at Kongsberg Gruppen ASA's Growth Numbers
Kongsberg Gruppen ASA has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 17% a year over the past three years. Its revenue is up 40% over the last year.
Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. The combination of strong revenue growth with medium-term EPS improvement certainly points to the kind of growth we like to see. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what's coming up next but if you want to peer into the company's future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.
Has Kongsberg Gruppen ASA Been A Good Investment?
Boasting a total shareholder return of 51% over three years, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.
As previously discussed, Geir is compensated less than what is normal for CEOs of companies of similar size, and which belong to the same industry. Considering robust EPS growth, we believe Geir to be modestly paid. Given the strong history of shareholder returns, the shareholders are probably very happy with Geir's performance.
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