Our Take On Cooks Global Foods' (NZSE:CGF) CEO Salary

Simply Wall St
January 14, 2021
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The CEO of Cooks Global Foods Limited (NZSE:CGF) is Graeme Jackson, and this article examines the executive's compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. 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 Cooks Global Foods Limited's CEO Compensation With the industry

At the time of writing, our data shows that Cooks Global Foods Limited has a market capitalization of NZ$26m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of NZ$180k for the year to March 2020. That's mostly flat as compared to the prior year's compensation. It is worth noting that the CEO compensation consists entirely of the salary, worth NZ$180k.

On comparing similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations below NZ$278m, we found that the median total CEO compensation was NZ$179k. From this we gather that Graeme Jackson is paid around the median for CEOs in the industry. Moreover, Graeme Jackson also holds NZ$2.5m worth of Cooks Global Foods stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary NZ$180k NZ$180k 100%
Other - - -
Total CompensationNZ$180k NZ$180k100%

On an industry level, around 56% of total compensation represents salary and 44% is other remuneration. At the company level, Cooks Global Foods pays Graeme Jackson solely through a salary, preferring to go down a conventional route. 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.

NZSE:CGF CEO Compensation January 14th 2021

Cooks Global Foods Limited's Growth

Cooks Global Foods Limited has reduced its earnings per share by 12% a year over the last three years. Its revenue is up 15% over the last year.

Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. While the revenue growth is good to see, it is outweighed by the fact that EPS are down, over three years. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. We don't have analyst forecasts, but you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Cooks Global Foods Limited Been A Good Investment?

Given the total shareholder loss of 16% over three years, many shareholders in Cooks Global Foods Limited are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. Therefore, it might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

To Conclude...

Cooks Global Foods pays CEO compensation exclusively through a salary, with non-salary compensation completely ignored. As we touched on above, Cooks Global Foods Limited is currently paying a compensation that's close to the median pay for CEOs of companies belonging to the same industry and with similar market capitalizations. In the meantime, the company has reported declining EPS growth and shareholder returns over the last three years. We'd stop short of saying compensation is inappropriate, but we would understand if shareholders had questions regarding a future raise.

CEO compensation is a crucial aspect to keep your eyes on but investors also need to keep their eyes open for other issues related to business performance. That's why we did some digging and identified 3 warning signs for Cooks Global Foods that you should be aware of before investing.

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