Why Simon Property Group, Inc.’s (NYSE:SPG) CEO Pay Matters To You

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In 1995 David Simon was appointed CEO of Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large companies. 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. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

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How Does David Simon’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Simon Property Group, Inc. is worth US$64b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$11m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That’s a notable increase of 140% on last year. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.3m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO total compensation was US$11m. There aren’t very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

So David Simon receives a similar amount to the median CEO pay, amongst the companies we looked at. While this data point isn’t particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Simon Property Group has changed from year to year.

NYSE:SPG CEO Compensation, May 1st 2019
NYSE:SPG CEO Compensation, May 1st 2019

Is Simon Property Group, Inc. Growing?

On average over the last three years, Simon Property Group, Inc. has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 10% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 1.8% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Simon Property Group, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a three year total loss of 2.4%, Simon Property Group, Inc. would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

In Summary…

David Simon is paid around what is normal the leaders of larger companies.

We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, but we cannot say the same about the lacklustre shareholder returns (over the last three years). Considering the the positives we don’t think the CEO pays is too high, but it’s certainly hard to argue it is too low. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Simon Property Group shares with their own money (free access).

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