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Here's What We Think About VirnetX Holding Corp's (NYSEMKT:VHC) CEO Pay

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In 2007 Kendall Larsen was appointed CEO of VirnetX Holding Corp (NYSEMKT:VHC). First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. Next, we'll consider growth that the business demonstrates. 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 Kendall Larsen's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that VirnetX Holding Corp is worth US$420m, and total annual CEO compensation is US$1.9m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While we always look at total compensation first, we note that the salary component is less, at US$697k. When we examined a selection of companies with market caps ranging from US$200m to US$800m, we found the median CEO total compensation was US$1.7m.

That means Kendall Larsen 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 VirnetX Holding has changed from year to year.

AMEX:VHC CEO Compensation, July 8th 2019

Is VirnetX Holding Corp Growing?

VirnetX Holding Corp has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 16% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue is down -94%.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. The lack of revenue growth isn't ideal, but it is the bottom line that counts most in business. We don't have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Has VirnetX Holding Corp Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with VirnetX Holding Corp for providing a total return of 55% 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...

Kendall Larsen is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

The company is growing earnings per share and total shareholder returns have been pleasing. Although the pay is a normal amount, some shareholders probably consider it fair or modest, given the good performance of the stock. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at VirnetX Holding.

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