How Is Clovis Oncology's (NASDAQ:CLVS) CEO Paid Relative To Peers?

Simply Wall St
July 18, 2020

This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Patrick Mahaffy who has served as CEO of Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS) since 2009. This analysis will also evaluate the appropriateness of CEO compensation when taking into account the earnings and shareholder returns of the company.

Check out our latest analysis for Clovis Oncology

How Does Total Compensation For Patrick Mahaffy Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

At the time of writing, our data shows that Clovis Oncology, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$575m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$6.9m for the year to December 2019. That's a notable increase of 10% on last year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$719k.

In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations ranging from US$200m to US$800m, the reported median CEO total compensation was US$2.4m. Hence, we can conclude that Patrick Mahaffy is remunerated higher than the industry median. Moreover, Patrick Mahaffy also holds US$6.3m worth of Clovis Oncology stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary US$719k US$689k 10%
Other US$6.2m US$5.6m 90%
Total CompensationUS$6.9m US$6.3m100%

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. It's interesting to note that Clovis Oncology allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.

NasdaqGS:CLVS CEO Compensation July 18th 2020

Clovis Oncology, Inc.'s Growth

Over the past three years, Clovis Oncology, Inc. has seen its earnings per share (EPS) grow by 4.7% per year. In the last year, its revenue is up 38%.

We like the look of the strong year-on-year improvement in revenue. Combined with modest EPS growth, we get a good impression of the company. We'd stop short of saying the business performance is amazing, but there are enough positives to justify further research, or even adding the stock to your watch-list. Looking ahead, you might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for the company's future earnings..

Has Clovis Oncology, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 92% over three years, some Clovis Oncology, Inc. investors would surely be feeling negative emotions. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary...

As previously discussed, Patrick is compensated more than what is normal for CEOs of companies of similar size, and which belong to the same industry. Over the last three years, shareholder returns have been downright disappointing for Clovis Oncology, and although earnings growth is steady, it hasn't set the world on fire. And the situation doesn't look all that good when you see Patrick is remunerated higher than the industry average. All things considered, we believe shareholders would be disappointed to see Patrick's compensation grow without first seeing an improvement in the performance of the company.

We can learn a lot about a company by studying its CEO compensation trends, along with looking at other aspects of the business. We did our research and identified 3 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) in Clovis Oncology we think you should know about.

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