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Does KeyCorp's (NYSE:KEY) CEO Pay Matter?

Simply Wall St

Beth Mooney became the CEO of KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) in 2011. First, this article will compare CEO compensation with compensation at other large companies. Then we'll look at a snap shot of the business growth. Third, we'll reflect on the total return to shareholders over three years, as a second measure of business performance. This process should give us an idea about how appropriately the CEO is paid.

Check out our latest analysis for KeyCorp

How Does Beth Mooney's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?

At the time of writing our data says that KeyCorp has a market cap of US$18b, and is paying total annual CEO compensation of US$9.1m. (This is based on the year to December 2018). While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$1.2m. We looked at a group of companies with market capitalizations over US$8.0b and the median CEO total compensation was US$11m. There aren't very many mega-cap companies, so we had to take a wide range to get a meaningful comparison figure.

So Beth Mooney is paid around the average of the companies we looked at. Although this fact alone doesn't tell us a great deal, it becomes more relevant when considered against the business performance.

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

NYSE:KEY CEO Compensation, September 13th 2019

Is KeyCorp Growing?

On average over the last three years, KeyCorp has grown earnings per share (EPS) by 26% each year (using a line of best fit). In the last year, its revenue changed by just 0.1%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently. A good result. It's nice to see a little revenue growth, as this is consistent with healthy business conditions. You might want to check this free visual report on analyst forecasts for future earnings.

Has KeyCorp Been A Good Investment?

Boasting a total shareholder return of 59% over three years, KeyCorp has done well by shareholders. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

In Summary...

Beth Mooney is paid around what is normal the leaders of larger companies.

Shareholders would surely be happy to see that shareholder returns have been great, and the earnings per share are up. Indeed, many might consider the pay rather modest, given the solid company performance! So you may want to check if insiders are buying KeyCorp shares with their own money (free access).

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

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