The solid performance at IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) has been impressive and shareholders will probably be pleased to know that CEO Shmuel Jonas has delivered. At the upcoming AGM on 14 December 2022, they will get a chance to hear the board review the company results, discuss future strategy and cast their vote on any resolutions such as executive remuneration. Here we will show why we think CEO compensation is appropriate and discuss the case for a pay rise.
Comparing IDT Corporation's CEO Compensation With The Industry
Our data indicates that IDT Corporation has a market capitalization of US$753m, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$1.0m for the year to July 2022. Notably, that's a decrease of 10% over the year before. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth acknowledging that the salary portion is lower, valued at US$495k.
On comparing similar companies from the same industry with market caps ranging from US$400m to US$1.6b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was US$3.4m. Accordingly, IDT pays its CEO under the industry median. Furthermore, Shmuel Jonas directly owns US$9.8m worth of shares in the company, implying that they are deeply invested in the company's success.
Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 14% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 86% of the pie. According to our research, IDT has allocated a higher percentage of pay to salary in comparison to the wider industry. If total compensation is slanted towards non-salary benefits, it indicates that CEO pay is linked to company performance.
IDT Corporation's Growth
IDT Corporation has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 255% a year over the past three years. It saw its revenue drop 11% over the last year.
Shareholders would be glad to know that the company has improved itself over the last few years. The lack of revenue growth isn't ideal, but it is the bottom line that counts most in business. Although we don't have analyst forecasts, you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Has IDT Corporation Been A Good Investment?
Most shareholders would probably be pleased with IDT Corporation for providing a total return of 351% 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.
The company's solid performance might have made most shareholders happy, possibly making CEO remuneration the least of the matters to be discussed in the AGM. In fact, strategic decisions that could impact the future of the business might be a far more interesting topic for investors as it would help them set their longer-term expectations.
CEO compensation is an important area to keep your eyes on, but we've also need to pay attention to other attributes of the company. In our study, we found 2 warning signs for IDT you should be aware of, and 1 of them makes us a bit uncomfortable.
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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