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It's Unlikely That Lear Corporation's (NYSE:LEA) CEO Will See A Huge Pay Rise This Year

Key Insights

  • Lear will host its Annual General Meeting on 16th of May

  • Salary of US$1.30m is part of CEO Ray Scott's total remuneration

  • The overall pay is 166% above the industry average

  • Lear's EPS grew by 26% over the past three years while total shareholder loss over the past three years was 25%

The underwhelming share price performance of Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA) in the past three years would have disappointed many shareholders. Despite positive EPS growth in the past few years, the share price hasn't tracked the fundamental performance of the company. The AGM coming up on the 16th of May could be an opportunity for shareholders to bring these concerns to the board's attention. They could also try to influence management and firm direction through voting on resolutions such as executive remuneration and other company matters. We discuss below why we think shareholders should be cautious of approving a raise for the CEO at the moment.

View our latest analysis for Lear

Comparing Lear Corporation's CEO Compensation With The Industry

Our data indicates that Lear Corporation has a market capitalization of US$7.3b, and total annual CEO compensation was reported as US$19m for the year to December 2023. We note that's an increase of 23% above last year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$1.3m.

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On comparing similar companies from the American Auto Components industry with market caps ranging from US$4.0b to US$12b, we found that the median CEO total compensation was US$7.1m. This suggests that Ray Scott is paid more than the median for the industry. What's more, Ray Scott holds US$1.8m worth of shares in the company in their own name.

Component

2023

2022

Proportion (2023)

Salary

US$1.3m

US$1.3m

7%

Other

US$18m

US$14m

93%

Total Compensation

US$19m

US$15m

100%

Speaking on an industry level, nearly 13% of total compensation represents salary, while the remainder of 87% is other remuneration. It's interesting to note that Lear allocates a smaller portion of compensation to salary in comparison to the broader industry. It's important to note that a slant towards non-salary compensation suggests that total pay is tied to the company's performance.

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A Look at Lear Corporation's Growth Numbers

Lear Corporation has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 26% a year over the past three years. It achieved revenue growth of 9.8% over the last year.

Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. It's also good to see modest revenue growth, suggesting the underlying business is healthy. Moving away from current form for a second, it could be important to check this free visual depiction of what analysts expect for the future.

Has Lear Corporation Been A Good Investment?

Since shareholders would have lost about 25% over three years, some Lear Corporation investors would surely be feeling negative emotions. Therefore, it might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

To Conclude...

The fact that shareholders are sitting on a loss on the value of their shares in the past few years is certainly disconcerting. The fact that the stock price hasn't grown along with earnings may indicate that other issues may be affecting that stock. Shareholders would be keen to know what's holding the stock back when earnings have grown. At the upcoming AGM, shareholders will get the opportunity to discuss any issues with the board, including those related to CEO remuneration and assess if the board's plan will likely improve performance in the future.

CEO compensation is a crucial aspect to keep your eyes on but investors also need to keep their eyes open for other issues related to business performance. That's why we did some digging and identified 1 warning sign for Lear that investors should think about before committing capital to this stock.

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