Should You Worry About Clovis Oncology, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:CLVS) CEO Pay?

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Patrick Mahaffy has been the CEO of Clovis Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLVS) since 2009. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally – as a second measure of performance – we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

Check out our latest analysis for Clovis Oncology

How Does Patrick Mahaffy’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Clovis Oncology, Inc. is worth US$791m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$6.3m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That’s below the compensation, last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$689k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$400m to US$1.6b. The median total CEO compensation was US$2.7m.

It would therefore appear that Clovis Oncology, Inc. pays Patrick Mahaffy more than the median CEO remuneration at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this fact alone doesn’t mean the remuneration is too high. A closer look at the performance of the underlying business will give us a better idea about whether the pay is particularly generous.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Clovis Oncology has changed from year to year.

NasdaqGS:CLVS CEO Compensation, June 6th 2019
NasdaqGS:CLVS CEO Compensation, June 6th 2019

Is Clovis Oncology, Inc. Growing?

Clovis Oncology, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 18% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 64% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s great to see that revenue growth is strong, too. These metrics suggest the business is growing strongly. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Clovis Oncology, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 2.0%, Clovis Oncology, Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary…

We compared total CEO remuneration at Clovis Oncology, Inc. with the amount paid at companies with a similar market capitalization. Our data suggests that it pays above the median CEO pay within that group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. However, the returns to investors are far less impressive, over the same period. One might thus conclude that it would be better if the company waited until growth is reflected in the share price, before increasing CEO compensation. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Clovis Oncology.

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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