A Look At Ultralife's (NASDAQ:ULBI) CEO Remuneration

Simply Wall St
November 19, 2020

Mike Popielec became the CEO of Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ:ULBI) in 2010, and we think it's a good time to look at the executive's compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. This analysis will also assess whether Ultralife pays its CEO appropriately, considering recent earnings growth and total shareholder returns.

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Comparing Ultralife Corporation's CEO Compensation With the industry

According to our data, Ultralife Corporation has a market capitalization of US$105m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$811k over the year to December 2019. That's a notable decrease of 15% on last year. We note that the salary portion, which stands at US$526.6k constitutes the majority of total compensation received by the CEO.

On comparing similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations below US$200m, we found that the median total CEO compensation was US$441k. This suggests that Mike Popielec is paid more than the median for the industry. Furthermore, Mike Popielec directly owns US$1.8m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary US$527k US$513k 65%
Other US$284k US$443k 35%
Total CompensationUS$811k US$956k100%

On an industry level, around 31% of total compensation represents salary and 69% is other remuneration. Ultralife is paying a higher share of its remuneration through a salary in comparison to the overall industry. If total compensation veers towards salary, it suggests that the variable portion - which is generally tied to performance, is lower.

NasdaqGM:ULBI CEO Compensation November 19th 2020

A Look at Ultralife Corporation's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Ultralife Corporation has shrunk its earnings per share by 6.2% per year. Its revenue is up 13% over the last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that EPS have declined. There's no doubt that the silver lining is that revenue is up. But it isn't sufficiently fast growth to overlook the fact that EPS has gone backwards over three years. So given this relatively weak performance, shareholders would probably not want to see high compensation 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 Ultralife Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Ultralife Corporation has not done too badly by shareholders, with a total return of 6.0%, over three years. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

As previously discussed, Mike is compensated more than what is normal for CEOs of companies of similar size, and which belong to the same industry. Meanwhile, EPS has not been growing sufficiently to impress us, over the last three years. And while shareholder returns have been respectable, they have hardly been superb. So you may want to delve deeper, because we don't think the amount Mike makes is justifiable.

While CEO pay is an important factor to be aware of, there are other areas that investors should be mindful of as well. We did our research and spotted 1 warning sign for Ultralife that investors should look into moving forward.

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