Is GATX Corporation’s (NYSE:GATX) CEO Paid At A Competitive Rate?

Brian Kenney has been the CEO of GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX) since 2005. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does Brian Kenney’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, GATX Corporation has a market capitalization of US$2.7b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$6.1m. (This figure is for the year to 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$957k. 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$5.1m.

That means Brian Kenney receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn’t tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at GATX has changed over time.

NYSE:GATX CEO Compensation January 17th 19
NYSE:GATX CEO Compensation January 17th 19

Is GATX Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years GATX Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 40% per year (using a line of best fit). It saw its revenue drop -1.5% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. Revenue growth is a real positive for growth, but ultimately profits are more important.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has GATX Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 114% over three years, GATX Corporation 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…

Brian Kenney is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! Shareholders may want to check for free if GATX insiders are buying or selling shares.

Or you might prefer gaze upon this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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