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Does Lithia Motors, Inc.'s (NYSE:LAD) CEO Pay Reflect Performance?

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Bryan DeBoer became the CEO of Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD) in 2012. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

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How Does Bryan DeBoer's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that Lithia Motors, Inc. has a market cap of US$2.7b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$5.5m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). That's below the compensation, last year. While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$1.0m. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$2.0b to US$6.4b, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$5.3m.

That means Bryan DeBoer receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. While this data point isn't particularly informative alone, it gains more meaning when considered with business performance.

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

NYSE:LAD CEO Compensation, June 18th 2019

Is Lithia Motors, Inc. Growing?

Lithia Motors, Inc. has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 18% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is up 14%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's a real positive to see this sort of growth in a single year. That suggests a healthy and growing business. It could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Lithia Motors, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Lithia Motors, Inc. for providing a total return of 61% 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...

Bryan DeBoer is paid around what is normal the leaders of comparable size companies.

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! If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Lithia Motors.

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