Should You Worry About Scholastic Corporation’s (NASDAQ:SCHL) CEO Salary Level?

Dick Robinson has been the CEO of Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ:SCHL) since 1975. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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 Dick Robinson’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Scholastic Corporation is worth US$1.4b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$4.3m. (This is based on the year to 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$970k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, and the median CEO compensation was US$3.6m.

So Dick Robinson is paid around the average of 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. So this free visual report on analyst forecasts could hold they key to an excellent investment decision.

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

NasdaqGS:SCHL CEO Compensation January 16th 19
NasdaqGS:SCHL CEO Compensation January 16th 19

Is Scholastic Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Scholastic Corporation has shrunk its earnings per share by an average of 52% per year. It achieved revenue growth of 2.5% over the last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that earnings per share are lower over three years. And the modest revenue growth over 12 months isn’t much comfort against the reduced earnings per share. It’s hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration.

Has Scholastic Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Scholastic Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 12% over three years, so most shareholders would be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary…

Remuneration for Dick Robinson is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

We feel that earnings per share have been a bit disappointing, but and we don’t think the total returns are amazing. We’re not saying the CEO pay is too generous, but we’d venture the company should look to improve its business metrics (and share price) before paying any more. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Scholastic shares (free trial).

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