Does MSCI Inc.’s (NYSE:MSCI) CEO Pay Matter?

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Henry Fernandez became the CEO of MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI) in 1998. 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. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Henry Fernandez’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, MSCI Inc. has a market capitalization of US$21b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$3.0m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.0m. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be 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.

Most shareholders would consider it a positive that Henry Fernandez takes less in total compensation than the CEOs of most other large companies, leaving more for shareholders. However, before we heap on the praise, we should delve deeper to understand business performance.

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

NYSE:MSCI CEO Compensation, July 4th 2019
NYSE:MSCI CEO Compensation, July 4th 2019

Is MSCI Inc. Growing?

MSCI Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 35% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 9.8% over the last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy.

Has MSCI Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 225%, over three years, would leave most MSCI Inc. shareholders smiling. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don’t mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.

In Summary…

It appears that MSCI Inc. remunerates its CEO below most large companies. Many would consider this to indicate that the pay is modest since the business is growing. The pleasing shareholder returns are the cherry on top; you might even consider that Henry Fernandez deserves a raise!

It’s not often we see shareholders do so well, and yet the CEO is paid modestly. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. Shareholders may want to check for free if MSCI insiders are buying or selling shares.

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