It's Unlikely That IMAX Corporation's (NYSE:IMAX) CEO Will See A Huge Pay Rise This Year

Simply Wall St
June 02, 2021
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The share price of IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) has struggled to grow by much over the last few years and probably has to do with the fact that earnings growth has gone backwards. The upcoming AGM on 09 June 2021 may be an opportunity for shareholders to bring up any concerns they may have for the board’s attention. One way that shareholders can influence managerial decisions is through voting on CEO and executive remuneration packages, which studies show could impact company performance. From the data that we gathered, we think that shareholders should hold off on a raise on CEO compensation until performance starts to show some improvement.

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How Does Total Compensation For Rich Gelfond Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

According to our data, IMAX Corporation has a market capitalization of US$1.3b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$6.9m over the year to December 2020. That is, the compensation was roughly the same as last year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$1.2m.

On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from US$1.0b to US$3.2b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was US$1.6m. This suggests that Rich Gelfond is paid more than the median for the industry. What's more, Rich Gelfond holds US$6.9m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary US$1.2m US$1.2m 17%
Other US$5.7m US$5.9m 83%
Total CompensationUS$6.9m US$7.1m100%

On an industry level, around 30% of total compensation represents salary and 70% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that IMAX allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. If non-salary compensation dominates total pay, it's an indicator that the executive's salary is tied to company performance.

NYSE:IMAX CEO Compensation June 3rd 2021

A Look at IMAX Corporation's Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, IMAX Corporation has shrunk its earnings per share by 107% per year. It saw its revenue drop 60% over the last year.

Few shareholders would be pleased to read that EPS have declined. This is compounded by the fact revenue is actually down on last year. It's hard to argue the company is firing on all cylinders, so shareholders might be averse to high CEO remuneration. Moving away from current form for a second, it could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has IMAX Corporation Been A Good Investment?

IMAX Corporation has generated a total shareholder return of 3.7% over three years, so most shareholders wouldn't be too disappointed. Although, there's always room to improve. In light of that, investors might probably want to see an improvement on their returns before they feel generous about increasing the CEO remuneration.

In Summary...

The flat share price growth combined with the the fact that earnings have failed to grow makes us wonder whether the share price will have any further strong momentum. Shareholders should make the most of the coming opportunity to question the board on key concerns they may have and revisit their investment thesis with regards to the company.

CEO compensation is an important area to keep your eyes on, but we've also need to pay attention to other attributes of the company. We identified 2 warning signs for IMAX (1 shouldn't be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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