Should You Be Pleased About The CEO Pay At National Presto Industries Inc’s (NYSE:NPK)

Maryjo Cohen became the CEO of National Presto Industries Inc (NYSE:NPK) in 1994. 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 Maryjo Cohen’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that National Presto Industries Inc has a market cap of US$913m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$701k. That’s a fairly small increase of 5.3% on year before. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$400m to US$1.6b, and the median CEO compensation was US$2.2m.

A first glance this seems like a real positive for shareholders, since Maryjo Cohen is paid less than the average compensation paid by similar sized companies. Though positive, it’s important we delve into the performance of the actual business.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at National Presto Industries, below.

NYSE:NPK CEO Compensation November 16th 18
NYSE:NPK CEO Compensation November 16th 18

Is National Presto Industries Inc Growing?

Over the last three years National Presto Industries Inc has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 5.1% per year. The trailing twelve months of revenue was pretty much the same as the prior period.

I’d prefer higher revenue growth, but I’m happy with the modest EPS growth. Considering these factors I’d say performance has been pretty decent, though not amazing.

We don’t have analyst forecasts, but you could get a better understanding of its growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has National Presto Industries Inc Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 85% over three years, National Presto Industries Inc has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

It appears that National Presto Industries Inc remunerates its CEO below most similar sized companies.

It’s well worth noting that while Maryjo Cohen is paid below what is normal at companies of similar size, the returns have been very pleasing, over the last three years. So, while it might be nice to have better EPS growth, on our analysis the CEO compensation is quite modest. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling National Presto Industries Inc shares (free trial).

Or you might prefer this data-rich interactive visualization of historic revenue and earnings.

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