What Did Harmonic's (NASDAQ:HLIT) CEO Take Home Last Year?

Simply Wall St
November 27, 2020

Patrick Harshman has been the CEO of Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT) since 2006, and this article will examine the executive's compensation with respect to the overall performance of the company. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for Harmonic.

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Comparing Harmonic Inc.'s CEO Compensation With the industry

Our data indicates that Harmonic Inc. has a market capitalization of US$659m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$3.4m for the year to December 2019. Notably, that's an increase of 44% over the year before. We think total compensation is more important but our data shows that the CEO salary is lower, at US$530k.

On examining similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations between US$400m and US$1.6b, we discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$2.5m. Accordingly, our analysis reveals that Harmonic Inc. pays Patrick Harshman north of the industry median. Moreover, Patrick Harshman also holds US$6.9m worth of Harmonic stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Salary US$530k US$515k 16%
Other US$2.8m US$1.8m 84%
Total CompensationUS$3.4m US$2.3m100%

Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 28% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 72% of the pie. It's interesting to note that Harmonic allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.

NasdaqGS:HLIT CEO Compensation November 27th 2020

Harmonic Inc.'s Growth

Harmonic Inc.'s earnings per share (EPS) grew 65% per year over the last three years. In the last year, its revenue is down 6.3%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. It's always a tough situation when revenues are not growing, but ultimately profits are more important. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what's coming up next but if you want to peer into the company's future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Harmonic Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 60% over three years, Harmonic Inc. has done well by shareholders. So they may not be at all concerned if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for companies around the same size.

In Summary...

As we noted earlier, Harmonic pays its CEO higher than the norm for similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. Importantly though, EPS growth and shareholder returns are very impressive over the last three years. Considering such exceptional results for the company, we'd venture to say CEO compensation is fair. And given most shareholders are probably very happy with recent returns, they might even think that Patrick deserves a raise!

CEO compensation can have a massive impact on performance, but it's just one element. We did our research and spotted 1 warning sign for Harmonic that investors should look into moving forward.

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