Australia Markets open in 9 hrs 20 mins

How Should Investors React To Qube Holdings Limited's (ASX:QUB) CEO Pay?

Simply Wall St

Want to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and you could win a $250 gift card!

Maurice James is the CEO of Qube Holdings Limited (ASX:QUB). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

See our latest analysis for Qube Holdings

How Does Maurice James's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Qube Holdings Limited is worth AU$4.5b, and total annual CEO compensation is AU$4.1m. (This number is for the twelve months until June 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at AU$1.3m. As part of our analysis we looked at companies in the same jurisdiction, with market capitalizations of AU$2.9b to AU$9.2b. The median total CEO compensation was AU$3.4m.

So Maurice James is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. 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.

You can see, below, how CEO compensation at Qube Holdings has changed over time.

ASX:QUB CEO Compensation, June 6th 2019

Is Qube Holdings Limited Growing?

On average over the last three years, Qube Holdings Limited has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 24% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 7.7% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's good to see a bit of revenue growth, as this suggests the business is able to grow sustainably. Shareholders might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Qube Holdings Limited Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Qube Holdings Limited for providing a total return of 35% over three years. 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.

In Summary...

Remuneration for Maurice James is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Few would be critical of the leadership, since returns have been juicy and earnings per share are moving in the right direction. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Qube Holdings shares (free trial).

If you want to buy a stock that is better than Qube Holdings, this free list of high return, low debt companies is a great place to look.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.