Sandy Cochran has been the CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) since 2011. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.
How Does Sandy Cochran’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
According to our data, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$3.9b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$6.2m. (This number is for the twelve months until August 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.1m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$4.9m.
So Sandy Cochran is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. While this data point isn’t particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.
The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has changed from year to year.
Is Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Growing?
Over the last three years Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 11% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 4.6% over the last year.
This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.
Has Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Been A Good Investment?
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. has served shareholders reasonably well, with a total return of 26% over three years. 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.
Sandy Cochran is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.
Shareholder returns could be better but shareholders would be pleased with the positive EPS growth. So considering these factors, we think the CEO pay is probably quite reasonable. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
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