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Should You Worry About V.F. Corporation's (NYSE:VFC) CEO Pay?

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Steve Rendle has been the CEO of V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) since 2017. This report will, first, examine the CEO compensation levels in comparison to CEO compensation at other big companies. After that, we will consider the growth in the business. And finally - as a second measure of performance - we will look at the returns shareholders have received over the last few years. This method should give us information to assess how appropriately the company pays the CEO.

See our latest analysis for V.F

How Does Steve Rendle's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

Our data indicates that V.F. Corporation is worth US$32b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$18m for the year to March 2019. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.2m. We note that more than half of the total compensation is not the salary; and performance requirements may apply to this non-salary portion. When we examined a group of companies with market caps over US$8.0b, we found that their median CEO total compensation was US$11m. (We took a wide range because the CEOs of massive companies tend to be paid similar amounts - even though some are quite a bit bigger than others).

As you can see, Steve Rendle is paid more than the median CEO pay at large companies, in the same market. However, this does not necessarily mean V.F. Corporation is paying too much. We can get a better idea of how generous the pay is by looking at the performance of the underlying business.

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

NYSE:VFC CEO Compensation, February 25th 2020

Is V.F. Corporation Growing?

On average over the last three years, V.F. Corporation has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 16% each year (using a line of best fit). It achieved revenue growth of 23% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has V.F. Corporation Been A Good Investment?

I think that the total shareholder return of 79%, over three years, would leave most V.F. Corporation shareholders smiling. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

We compared total CEO remuneration at V.F. Corporation with the amount paid at other large companies. We found that it pays well over the median amount paid in the benchmark group.

However we must not forget that the EPS growth has been very strong over three years. Even better, returns to shareholders have been plentiful, over the same time period. As a result of this good performance, the CEO remuneration may well be quite reasonable. So you may want to check if insiders are buying V.F shares with their own money (free access).

Arguably, business quality is much more important than CEO compensation levels. So check out this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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