Andrey Zozulya has been the CEO of Volga Gas plc (LON:VGAS) since 2015. This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. 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. The aim of all this is to consider the appropriateness of CEO pay levels.
How Does Andrey Zozulya's Compensation Compare With Similar Sized Companies?
According to our data, Volga Gas plc has a market capitalization of UK£32m, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$356k over the year to December 2018. While this analysis focuses on total compensation, it's worth noting the salary is lower, valued at US$181k. We took a group of companies with market capitalizations below US$200m, and calculated the median CEO total compensation to be US$328k.
That means Andrey Zozulya receives fairly typical remuneration for the CEO of a company that size. This doesn't tell us a whole lot on its own, but looking at the performance of the actual business will give us useful context.
You can see a visual representation of the CEO compensation at Volga Gas, below.
Is Volga Gas plc Growing?
Volga Gas plc has increased its earnings per share (EPS) by an average of 71% a year, over the last three years (using a line of best fit). Its revenue is up 53% over last year.
Overall this is a positive result for shareholders, showing that the company has improved in recent years. The combination of strong revenue growth with medium-term earnings per share improvement certainly points to the kind of growth I like to see. We don't have analyst forecasts, but you might want to assess this data-rich visualization of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Has Volga Gas plc Been A Good Investment?
With a three year total loss of 13%, Volga Gas plc would certainly have some dissatisfied shareholders. It therefore might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.
Andrey Zozulya is paid around the same as most CEOs of similar size companies.
We think that the EPS growth is very pleasing, but we find the returns over the last three years to be lacking. We'd be surprised if shareholders want to see a pay rise for the CEO, but we'd stop short of calling their pay too generous. If you think CEO compensation levels are interesting you will probably really like this free visualization of insider trading at Volga Gas.
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