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Does Brady Corporation's (NYSE:BRC) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?

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J. Nauman became the CEO of Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) in 2014. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at companies of similar size. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

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How Does J. Nauman's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that Brady Corporation is worth US$2.6b, and total annual CEO compensation is US$5.2m. (This is based on the year to July 2018). We think total compensation is more important but we note that the CEO salary is lower, at US$760k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, and the median CEO total compensation was US$5.1m.

So J. Nauman is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Brady, below.

NYSE:BRC CEO Compensation, May 7th 2019

Is Brady Corporation Growing?

Over the last three years Brady Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 28% per year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 2.5% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. 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 Brady Corporation Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 98%, over three years, would leave most Brady Corporation shareholders smiling. 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 J. Nauman is close enough to the median pay for a CEO of a similar sized company .

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. So one could argue the CEO compensation is quite modest, if you consider company performance! CEO compensation is one thing, but it is also interesting to check if the CEO is buying or selling Brady (free visualization of insider trades).

Important note: Brady may not be the best stock to buy. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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