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Is CryoLife, Inc.'s (NYSE:CRY) CEO Paid At A Competitive Rate?

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In 2014 Pat MacKin was appointed CEO of CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE:CRY). This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

View our latest analysis for CryoLife

How Does Pat MacKin's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that CryoLife, Inc. is worth US$1.1b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$3.2m. (This figure is for the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$660k. 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$2.7m.

That means Pat MacKin receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.

The graphic below shows how CEO compensation at CryoLife has changed from year to year.

NYSE:CRY CEO Compensation, July 12th 2019
NYSE:CRY CEO Compensation, July 12th 2019

Is CryoLife, Inc. Growing?

CryoLife, Inc. has reduced its earnings per share by an average of 80% a year, over the last three years (measured with a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 30% over last year.

The reduction in earnings per share, over three years, is arguably concerning. On the other hand, the strong revenue growth suggests the business is growing. These two metric are moving in different directions, so while it's hard to be confident judging performance, we think the stock is worth watching. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has CryoLife, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 148%, over three years, would leave most CryoLife, Inc. shareholders smiling. 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...

Pat MacKin is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

While the growth could be better, the shareholder returns are clearly good. So we can conclude that on this analysis the CEO compensation seems pretty sound. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at CryoLife.

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