Shareholders Will Probably Not Have Any Issues With ePlus inc.'s (NASDAQ:PLUS) CEO Compensation

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September 10, 2021
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Performance at ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) has been reasonably good and CEO Mark Marron has done a decent job of steering the company in the right direction. In light of this performance, CEO compensation will probably not be the main focus for shareholders as they go into the AGM on 16 September 2021. Based on our analysis of the data below, we think CEO compensation seems reasonable for now.

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How Does Total Compensation For Mark Marron Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

Our data indicates that ePlus inc. has a market capitalization of US$1.5b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$3.8m for the year to March 2021. That's a slight decrease of 5.0% on the prior year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$800k.

On examining similar-sized companies in the industry with market capitalizations between US$1.0b and US$3.2b, we discovered that the median CEO total compensation of that group was US$3.5m. This suggests that ePlus remunerates its CEO largely in line with the industry average. Furthermore, Mark Marron directly owns US$9.3m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.

Component20212020Proportion (2021)
Salary US$800k US$800k 21%
Other US$3.0m US$3.2m 79%
Total CompensationUS$3.8m US$4.0m100%

On an industry level, around 29% of total compensation represents salary and 71% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that ePlus 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:PLUS CEO Compensation September 10th 2021

ePlus inc.'s Growth

ePlus inc. has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 13% a year over the past three years. In the last year, its revenue is up 4.3%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. 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 ePlus inc. Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 6.1% over three years, ePlus inc. has done okay by shareholders, but there's always room for improvement. In light of that, investors might probably want to see an improvement on their returns before they feel generous about increasing the CEO remuneration.

To Conclude...

Given that the company's overall performance has been reasonable, the CEO remuneration policy might not be shareholders' central point of focus in the upcoming AGM. In saying that, any proposed increase to CEO compensation will still be assessed on how reasonable it is based on performance and industry benchmarks.

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Important note: ePlus 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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