Our Take On Standex International Corporation’s (NYSE:SXI) CEO Salary

David Dunbar has been the CEO of Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) since 2014. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does David Dunbar’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Standex International Corporation has a market capitalization of US$963m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$3.4m. (This is based on the year to June 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$797k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found the median CEO compensation was US$2.2m.

As you can see, David Dunbar is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Standex International Corporation is paying too much. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Standex International has changed from year to year.

NYSE:SXI CEO Compensation, March 8th 2019
NYSE:SXI CEO Compensation, March 8th 2019

Is Standex International Corporation Growing?

Standex International Corporation has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 12% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 14%.

Sadly for shareholders, earnings per share are actually down, over three years. While the revenue growth is good to see, it is outweighed by the fact that earnings per share are down, over three years. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Standex International Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Standex International Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 6.6% over three years, so most shareholders wouldn’t be too disappointed. But they probably wouldn’t be so happy as to think the CEO should be paid more than is normal, for companies around this size.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Standex International Corporation with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

We think many shareholders would be underwhelmed with the business growth over the last three years.

And while shareholder returns have been respectable, they have hardly been superb. So we doubt many shareholders would consider the CEO pay to be particularly modest! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Standex International (free visualization of insider trades).

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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