The CEO of Eaton Corporation plc ( NYSE:ETN ) is Craig Arnold. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large 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.
How Does Craig Arnold's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
At the time of writing our data says that Eaton Corporation plc has a market cap of US$36b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$15m. (This number is for the twelve months until December 2018). That's below the compensation, last year. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.2m. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts - even though some are quite a bit bigger than others).
It would therefore appear that Eaton Corporation plc pays Craig Arnold more than the median CEO remuneration at large companies, 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.
The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at Eaton has changed from year to year.
Is Eaton Corporation plc Growing?
Over the last three years Eaton Corporation plc has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 15% per year (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 5.9% over last year.
This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future .
Has Eaton Corporation plc Been A Good Investment?
Boasting a total shareholder return of 49% over three years, Eaton Corporation plc has done well by shareholders. This strong performance might mean some shareholders don't mind if the CEO were to be paid more than is normal for a company of its size.
We compared the total CEO remuneration paid by Eaton Corporation plc, and compared it to remuneration at a group of other large companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.
However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. In addition, shareholders have done well over the same time period. 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 Eaton (free visualization of insider trades).
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