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Is Venture Life Group Plc's (LON:VLG) CEO Being Overpaid?

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The CEO of Venture Life Group Plc (LON:VLG) is Jerry Randall. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at similar sized companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally we will reflect on how common stockholders have fared in the last few years, as a secondary measure of performance. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.

Check out our latest analysis for Venture Life Group

How Does Jerry Randall's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

According to our data, Venture Life Group Plc has a market capitalization of UK£31m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth UK£313k over the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at UK£211k. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations under UK£156m, and the median CEO total compensation was UK£249k.

So Jerry Randall is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. 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 Venture Life Group has changed from year to year.

AIM:VLG CEO Compensation, October 17th 2019
AIM:VLG CEO Compensation, October 17th 2019

Is Venture Life Group Plc Growing?

Venture Life Group Plc has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 103% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 21% over last year.

This shows that the company has improved itself over the last few years. Good news for shareholders. It's also good to see decent revenue growth in the last year, suggesting the business is healthy and growing. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has Venture Life Group Plc Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 31% over three years, some Venture Life Group Plc shareholders would surely be feeling negative emotions. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary...

Jerry Randall is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.

We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, but it's disappointing to see negative shareholder returns over three years. Considering the improvement in earnings per share, one could argue that the CEO pay is appropriate, albeit not too low. Whatever your view on compensation, you might want to check if insiders are buying or selling Venture Life Group shares (free trial).

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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 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.