Does Chemical Industries (Far East)'s (SGX:C05) CEO Salary Compare Well With Industry Peers?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 22, 2020

The CEO of Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited (SGX:C05) is Soo Peng Lim, 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 Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited's CEO Compensation With the industry

Our data indicates that Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited has a market capitalization of S$51m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as S$1.5m for the year to March 2020. That's a notable increase of 11% on last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at S$684k.

For comparison, other companies in the industry with market capitalizations below S$269m, reported a median total CEO compensation of S$130k. This suggests that Soo Peng Lim is paid more than the median for the industry. Moreover, Soo Peng Lim also holds S$24m worth of Chemical Industries (Far East) stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary S$684k S$684k 46%
Other S$788k S$641k 54%
Total CompensationS$1.5m S$1.3m100%

Speaking on an industry level, nearly 84% of total compensation represents salary, while the remainder of 16% is other remuneration. Chemical Industries (Far East) pays a modest slice of remuneration through salary, as compared to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.

SGX:C05 CEO Compensation November 23rd 2020

A Look at Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited has shrunk its earnings per share by 8.7% per year. In the last year, its revenue is down 4.0%.

Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn't really justify a high pay packet for the CEO. While we don't have analyst forecasts for the company, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited Been A Good Investment?

Given the total shareholder loss of 12% over three years, many shareholders in Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

To Conclude...

As previously discussed, Soo Peng is compensated more than what is normal for CEOs of companies of similar size, and which belong to the same industry. Unfortunately, this doesn't look great when you see shareholder returns have been negative over the last three years. Arguably worse, we've been waiting for positive EPS growth for the last three years. Understandably, the company's shareholders might have some questions about the CEO's remuneration, given the disappointing performance.

CEO pay is simply one of the many factors that need to be considered while examining business performance. We did our research and identified 3 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) in Chemical Industries (Far East) we think you should know about.

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