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Our View On Tilly's' (NYSE:TLYS) CEO Pay

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Ed Thomas became the CEO of Tilly's, Inc. (NYSE:TLYS) in 2015, and we think it's a good time to look at the executive's compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for Tilly's.

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How Does Total Compensation For Ed Thomas Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

According to our data, Tilly's, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$289m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$1.2m over the year to February 2020. That's a notable decrease of 26% on last year. We note that the salary portion, which stands at US$798.1k constitutes the majority of total compensation received by the CEO.

For comparison, other companies in the same industry with market capitalizations ranging between US$100m and US$400m had a median total CEO compensation of US$1.4m. So it looks like Tilly's compensates Ed Thomas in line with the median for the industry. What's more, Ed Thomas holds US$58k worth of shares in the company in their own name.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary US$798k US$700k 65%
Other US$439k US$977k 35%
Total CompensationUS$1.2m US$1.7m100%

On an industry level, around 19% of total compensation represents salary and 81% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that Tilly's pays out a greater portion of remuneration through salary, compared to the industry. If salary is the major component in total compensation, it suggests that the CEO receives a higher fixed proportion of the total compensation, regardless of performance.

NYSE:TLYS CEO Compensation January 27th 2021

A Look at Tilly's, Inc.'s Growth Numbers

Tilly's, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by 30% a year over the last three years. It saw its revenue drop 15% over the last year.

The decline in EPS is a bit concerning. 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. Looking ahead, you might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for the company's future earnings..

Has Tilly's, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 18% over three years, some Tilly's, Inc. investors would surely be feeling negative emotions. This suggests it would be unwise for the company to pay the CEO too generously.

To Conclude...

As we noted earlier, Tilly's pays its CEO in line with similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. On the other hand, EPS growth and total shareholder return have been negative for the last three years. Considering overall performance, shareholders will likely hold off support for a raise until results improve.

CEO compensation can have a massive impact on performance, but it's just one element. That's why we did some digging and identified 1 warning sign for Tilly's that you should be aware of before investing.

Important note: Tilly's is an exciting stock, but we understand investors may be looking for an unencumbered balance sheet and blockbuster returns. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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