Shareholders May Not Be So Generous With HarborOne Bancorp, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:HONE) CEO Compensation And Here's Why

Simply Wall St
May 19, 2021
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CEO Jim Blake has done a decent job of delivering relatively good performance at HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HONE) recently. This is something shareholders will keep in mind as they cast their votes on company resolutions such as executive remuneration in the upcoming AGM on 26 May 2021. However, some shareholders may still be hesitant of being overly generous with CEO compensation.

Check out our latest analysis for HarborOne Bancorp

How Does Total Compensation For Jim Blake Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

Our data indicates that HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$767m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$2.1m for the year to December 2020. That's a slight decrease of 7.1% on the prior year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at US$832k.

On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was US$1.6m. Hence, we can conclude that Jim Blake is remunerated higher than the industry median. What's more, Jim Blake holds US$6.1m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary US$832k US$777k 39%
Other US$1.3m US$1.5m 61%
Total CompensationUS$2.1m US$2.3m100%

Speaking on an industry level, nearly 42% of total compensation represents salary, while the remainder of 58% is other remuneration. There isn't a significant difference between HarborOne Bancorp and the broader market, in terms of salary allocation in the overall compensation package. If total compensation is slanted towards non-salary benefits, it indicates that CEO pay is linked to company performance.

NasdaqGS:HONE CEO Compensation May 20th 2021

HarborOne Bancorp, Inc.'s Growth

HarborOne Bancorp, Inc.'s earnings per share (EPS) grew 85% per year over the last three years. It achieved revenue growth of 47% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. Most shareholders would be pleased to see strong revenue growth combined with EPS growth. This combo suggests a fast growing business. 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 HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

We think that the total shareholder return of 44%, over three years, would leave most HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. shareholders smiling. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary...

Given that the company's overall performance has been reasonable, the CEO remuneration policy might not be shareholders' central point of focus in the upcoming AGM. However, if the board proposes to increase the compensation, some shareholders might have questions given that the CEO is already being paid higher than the industry.

It is always advisable to analyse CEO pay, along with performing a thorough analysis of the company's key performance areas. That's why we did our research, and identified 3 warning signs for HarborOne Bancorp (of which 1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that you should know about in order to have a holistic understanding of the stock.

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