Is Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

In 2001 Philippe Courtot was appointed CEO of Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS). 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. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does Philippe Courtot’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Qualys Inc is worth US$3.0b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$23m. Notably, that’s an increase of 289% over the year before. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO compensation was US$5m.

It would therefore appear that Qualys Inc pays Philippe Courtot 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.

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

NasdaqGS:QLYS CEO Compensation October 24th 18
NasdaqGS:QLYS CEO Compensation October 24th 18

Is Qualys Inc Growing?

On average over the last three years, Qualys Inc has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 7.7% each year. It achieved revenue growth of 21% over the last year.

This revenue growth could really point to a brighter future. And the improvement in earnings per share is modest but respectable. Although we’ll stop short of calling the stock a top performer, we think the company has potential.

You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Qualys Inc Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 122% over three years, Qualys 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 the total CEO remuneration paid by Qualys Inc, and compared it to remuneration at a group of similar sized companies. As discussed above, we discovered that the company pays more than the median of that group.

While we generally prefer to see stronger EPS growth, there’s no arguing with the strong returns to shareholders, over the last three years. So, considering these tasty returns, the CEO compensation may be quite appropriate. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Qualys Inc shares with their own money (free access).

Of course, the past can be informative so you might be interested in considering this analytical visualization showing the company history of 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.

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