Our Take On The Mosaic Company’s (NYSE:MOS) CEO Salary

In 2015 Joc O’Rourke was appointed CEO of The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other large companies. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. 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.

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How Does Joc O’Rourke’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, The Mosaic Company has a market capitalization of US$12b, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$8.4m. (This number is for the twelve months until 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.1m. 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.

That means Joc O’Rourke receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a large company. While this data point isn’t particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Mosaic has changed over time.

NYSE:MOS CEO Compensation January 17th 19
NYSE:MOS CEO Compensation January 17th 19

Is The Mosaic Company Growing?

The Mosaic Company has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 104% a year, over the last three years. Its revenue is up 28% over last year.

As investors, we are a bit wary of companies that have lower earnings per share, over three years. On the other hand, the strong revenue growth suggests the business is growing. These two metric are moving in different directions, so while it’s hard to be confident judging performance, we think the stock is worth watching.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has The Mosaic Company Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with The Mosaic Company for providing a total return of 35% 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 Joc O’Rourke is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a large company .

While we would like to see improved growth metrics, there is no doubt that the total returns have been great, over the last three years. So we can conclude that on this analysis the CEO compensation seems pretty sound. Shareholders may want to check for free if Mosaic insiders are buying or selling shares.

Of course, the past can be informative so you might be interested in considering this analytical visualization showing the company history of earnings and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.