Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc.’s (NYSE:AIT)

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In 2011 Neil Schrimsher was appointed CEO of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

Check out our latest analysis for Applied Industrial Technologies

How Does Neil Schrimsher’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$2.3b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$4.6m. (This number is for the twelve months until June 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$875k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$3.8m.

So Neil Schrimsher receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. While this data point isn’t particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Applied Industrial Technologies, below.

NYSE:AIT CEO Compensation, May 4th 2019
NYSE:AIT CEO Compensation, May 4th 2019

Is Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. Growing?

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 46% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 22% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 39% over three years, Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. has done well by shareholders. 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…

Neil Schrimsher is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Applied Industrial Technologies shares (free trial).

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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