How Much Does Daily Journal's (NASDAQ:DJCO) CEO Make?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 11, 2021
NasdaqCM:DJCO
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The CEO of Daily Journal Corporation (NASDAQ:DJCO) is Gerald Salzman, and this article examines the executive's compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.

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How Does Total Compensation For Gerald Salzman Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

According to our data, Daily Journal Corporation has a market capitalization of US$475m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.1m over the year to September 2020. Notably, that's an increase of 70% over the year before. We think total compensation is more important but our data shows that the CEO salary is lower, at US$250k.

For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between US$200m and US$800m had a median total CEO compensation of US$2.3m. That is to say, Gerald Salzman is paid under the industry median.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary US$250k US$250k 23%
Other US$853k US$400k 77%
Total CompensationUS$1.1m US$650k100%

Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 23% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 77% of the pie. Daily Journal is largely mirroring the industry average when it comes to the share a salary enjoys in overall compensation. If total compensation is slanted towards non-salary benefits, it indicates that CEO pay is linked to company performance.

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NasdaqCM:DJCO CEO Compensation February 11th 2021

A Look at Daily Journal Corporation's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Daily Journal Corporation has shrunk its earnings per share by 65% per year. In the last year, its revenue is up 2.6%.

Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. The modest increase in revenue in the last year isn't enough to make us overlook the disappointing change in EPS. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. While we don't have analyst forecasts for the company, shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has Daily Journal Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 59% over three years, Daily Journal Corporation has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

As we touched on above, Daily Journal Corporation is currently paying its CEO below the median pay for CEOs of companies belonging to the same industry and with similar market capitalizations. And while EPS growth is in the red, shareholder returns have been great over the last three years, so that's certainly a bright spot! We would like to see EPS growth, but in our view CEO compensation is modest.

CEO compensation can have a massive impact on performance, but it's just one element. That's why we did some digging and identified 2 warning signs for Daily Journal that investors should think about before committing capital to this stock.

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