Is Marriott International, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:MAR) CEO Salary Justified?

Arne Sorenson became the CEO of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) in 2012. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Arne Sorenson’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Marriott International, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$42b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$13m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2017). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.3m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO compensation was US$11m. Once you start looking at very large companies, you need to take a broader range, because there simply aren’t that many of them.

So Arne Sorenson receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn’t tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Marriott International, below.

NasdaqGS:MAR CEO Compensation, March 7th 2019
NasdaqGS:MAR CEO Compensation, March 7th 2019

Is Marriott International, Inc. Growing?

Marriott International, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 17% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 4.4%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It’s nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Marriott International, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Marriott International, Inc. for providing a total return of 90% 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…

Remuneration for Arne Sorenson is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a large company .

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Marriott International (free visualization of insider trades).

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