Bob Whitman became the CEO of Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC) in 2000, and we think it’s a good time to look at the executive’s compensation against the backdrop of overall company performance. This analysis will also look to assess whether the CEO is appropriately paid, considering recent earnings growth and investor returns for Franklin Covey.
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How Does Total Compensation For Bob Whitman Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?
Our data indicates that Franklin Covey Co. has a market capitalization of US$350m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$2.3m for the year to August 2020. That’s a notable decrease of 22% on last year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$575k.
In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations ranging from US$200m to US$800m, the reported median CEO total compensation was US$1.9m. So it looks like Franklin Covey compensates Bob Whitman in line with the median for the industry. What’s more, Bob Whitman holds US$15m worth of shares in the company in their own name, indicating that they have a lot of skin in the game.
Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 22% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 78% of the pie. According to our research, Franklin Covey has allocated a higher percentage of pay to salary in comparison to the wider industry. If non-salary compensation dominates total pay, it’s an indicator that the executive’s salary is tied to company performance.
A Look at Franklin Covey Co.’s Growth Numbers
Over the last three years, Franklin Covey Co. has shrunk its earnings per share by 3.6% per year. In the last year, its revenue is down 18%.
Overall this is not a very positive result for shareholders. And the impression is worse when you consider revenue is down year-on-year. These factors suggest that the business performance wouldn’t really justify a high pay packet for the CEO. Moving away from current form for a second, it could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.
Has Franklin Covey Co. Been A Good Investment?
Given the total shareholder loss of 17% over three years, many shareholders in Franklin Covey Co. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. So shareholders would probably want the company to be lessto generous with CEO compensation.
As we noted earlier, Franklin Covey pays its CEO in line with similar-sized companies belonging to the same industry. In the meantime, the company has reported declining EPS growth and shareholder returns over the last three years. We’d stop short of saying compensation is inappropriate, but we would understand if shareholders had questions regarding a future raise.
While CEO pay is an important factor to be aware of, there are other areas that investors should be mindful of as well. That’s why we did some digging and identified 2 warning signs for Franklin Covey that investors should think about before committing capital to this stock.
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