How Should Investors Feel About Brady Corporation’s (NYSE:BRC) CEO Pay?

J. Nauman has been the CEO of Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) since 2014. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does J. Nauman’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Brady Corporation has a market cap of US$2.5b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$5.2m. (This is based on the year to July 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$760k. 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$4.6m.

That means J. Nauman receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. Although this fact alone doesn’t tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NYSE:BRC CEO Compensation, March 14th 2019
NYSE:BRC CEO Compensation, March 14th 2019

Is Brady Corporation Growing?

Brady Corporation has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 28% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 2.5%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Brady Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Brady Corporation for providing a total return of 86% over three years. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary…

J. Nauman is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

The company is growing earnings per share and total shareholder returns have been pleasing. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! Shareholders may want to check for free if Brady insiders are buying or selling shares.

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