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Is The Gorman-Rupp Company (NYSE:GRC) Excessively Paying Its CEO?

Bruce Howe

In 1998 Jeffrey Gorman was appointed CEO of The Gorman-Rupp Company ( NYSE:GRC ). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Then we’ll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we’ll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

See our latest analysis for Gorman-Rupp

How Does Jeffrey Gorman’s Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, The Gorman-Rupp Company has a market capitalization of US$846m, and pays its CEO total annual compensation worth US$962k. (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$433k. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of US$400m to US$1.6b. The median total CEO compensation was US$2.3m.

This would give shareholders a good impression of the company, since most similar size companies have to pay more, leaving less for shareholders. While this is a good thing, you’ll need to understand the business better before you can form an opinion.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Gorman-Rupp has changed over time.

NYSE:GRC CEO Compensation January 8th 19

Is The Gorman-Rupp Company Growing?

The Gorman-Rupp Company has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 11% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 7.3% over last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It’s also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy.

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

Has The Gorman-Rupp Company Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 53% over three years, The Gorman-Rupp Company 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…

It looks like The Gorman-Rupp Company pays its CEO less than similar sized companies. Since the business is growing, many would argue this suggests the pay is modest. The strong history of shareholder returns might even have some thinking that Jeffrey Gorman deserves a raise!

Most shareholders like to see a modestly paid CEO combined with strong performance by the company. The cherry on top would be if company insiders are buying shares with their own money. So you may want to check if insiders are buying Gorman-Rupp shares with their own money (free access).

Or you might prefer this data-rich interactive visualization of historic revenue and earnings .

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com .