How Should Investors React To Pixelworks, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:PXLW) CEO Pay?

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Todd DeBonis has been the CEO of Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PXLW) since 2016. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we’ll consider growth that the business demonstrates. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

Check out our latest analysis for Pixelworks

How Does Todd DeBonis’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Pixelworks, Inc. has a market cap of US$138m, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$1.2m. (This is based on the year to 2017). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it’s worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$400k. We examined a group of similar sized companies, with market capitalizations of below US$200m. The median CEO compensation in that group is US$297k.

It would therefore appear that Pixelworks, Inc. pays Todd DeBonis 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. We can better assess whether the pay is overly generous by looking into the underlying business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Pixelworks, below.

NasdaqGM:PXLW CEO Compensation, February 20th 2019
NasdaqGM:PXLW CEO Compensation, February 20th 2019

Is Pixelworks, Inc. Growing?

Pixelworks, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 48% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is down -5.1%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. Revenue growth is a real positive for growth, but ultimately profits are more important. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Pixelworks, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 96% over three years, Pixelworks, Inc. has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary…

We examined the amount Pixelworks, 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.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. On top of that, in the same period, returns to shareholders have been great. Considering this fine result for shareholders, we daresay the CEO compensation might be apt. CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Pixelworks (free visualization of insider trades).

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