Is Essent Group Ltd’s (NYSE:ESNT) CEO Paid Enough Relative To Peers?

Mark Casale has been the CEO of Essent Group Ltd (NYSE:ESNT) since 2008. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

See our latest analysis for Essent Group

How Does Mark Casale’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Essent Group Ltd is worth US$4.0b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$7m. That’s below the compensation, last year. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$2.0b to US$6.4b. The median total CEO compensation was US$5m.

Thus we can conclude that Mark Casale receives more in total compensation than the median of a group of companies in the same market, and of similar size to Essent Group Ltd. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the pay is too high. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Essent Group, below.

NYSE:ESNT CEO Compensation November 9th 18
NYSE:ESNT CEO Compensation November 9th 18

Is Essent Group Ltd Growing?

Over the last three years Essent Group Ltd has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 40% per year. Its revenue is up 27% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly.

Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts. .

Has Essent Group Ltd Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 65%, over three years, would leave most Essent Group Ltd shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Essent Group Ltd with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. So, considering this good performance, the CEO compensation may be quite appropriate. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Essent Group Ltd shares with their own money (free access).

Or you might rather take a peek at this analytical visualization of historic cash flow, earnings and revenue.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.