Should You Worry About Groupon Inc’s (NASDAQ:GRPN) CEO Pay?

Rich Williams has been the CEO of Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) since 2015. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. 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 Rich Williams’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Groupon Inc is worth US$1.8b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$7.8m. (This number is for the twelve months until 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$700k. 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.

As you can see, Rich Williams is paid more than the median CEO pay at companies of a similar size, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean Groupon Inc is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

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

NasdaqGS:GRPN CEO Compensation December 10th 18
NasdaqGS:GRPN CEO Compensation December 10th 18

Is Groupon Inc Growing?

Over the last three years Groupon Inc has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 40% per year. Its revenue is down -5.8% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. While it would be good to see revenue growth, profits matter more in the end.

It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Groupon Inc Been A Good Investment?

Given the total loss of 0.3% over three years, many shareholders in Groupon Inc are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary…

We examined the amount Groupon Inc pays its CEO, and compared it to the amount paid by similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

Importantly, though, the company has impressed with its earnings per share growth, over three years. Having said that, shareholders may be disappointed with the weak returns over the last three years. 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. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Groupon (free visualization of insider trades).

Or you might prefer examine intently this intuitive graph showing past earnings and revenue.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.