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Shareholders Will Probably Hold Off On Increasing Mastercard Incorporated's (NYSE:MA) CEO Compensation For The Time Being

Key Insights

  • Mastercard to hold its Annual General Meeting on 18th of June

  • Total pay for CEO Michael Miebach includes US$1.24m salary

  • The total compensation is 114% higher than the average for the industry

  • Over the past three years, Mastercard's EPS grew by 25% and over the past three years, the total shareholder return was 24%

CEO Michael Miebach has done a decent job of delivering relatively good performance at Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) recently. This is something shareholders will keep in mind as they cast their votes on company resolutions such as executive remuneration in the upcoming AGM on 18th of June. However, some shareholders may still want to keep CEO compensation within reason.

View our latest analysis for Mastercard

Comparing Mastercard Incorporated's CEO Compensation With The Industry

According to our data, Mastercard Incorporated has a market capitalization of US$418b, and paid its CEO total annual compensation worth US$26m over the year to December 2023. That's a notable increase of 22% on last year. While we always look at total compensation first, our analysis shows that the salary component is less, at US$1.2m.


For comparison, other companies in the American Diversified Financial industry with market capitalizations above US$8.0b, reported a median total CEO compensation of US$12m. Accordingly, our analysis reveals that Mastercard Incorporated pays Michael Miebach north of the industry median. Moreover, Michael Miebach also holds US$13m worth of Mastercard stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.




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Total Compensation




Talking in terms of the industry, salary represented approximately 16% of total compensation out of all the companies we analyzed, while other remuneration made up 84% of the pie. Interestingly, the company has chosen to go down an unconventional route in that it pays a smaller salary to Michael Miebach as compared to non-salary compensation over the one-year period examined. If non-salary compensation dominates total pay, it's an indicator that the executive's salary is tied to company performance.


A Look at Mastercard Incorporated's Growth Numbers

Over the past three years, Mastercard Incorporated has seen its earnings per share (EPS) grow by 25% per year. It achieved revenue growth of 13% over the last year.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. This sort of respectable year-on-year revenue growth is often seen at a healthy, growing business. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what's coming up next but if you want to peer into the company's future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Mastercard Incorporated Been A Good Investment?

With a total shareholder return of 24% over three years, Mastercard Incorporated shareholders would, in general, be reasonably content. But they would probably prefer not to see CEO compensation far in excess of the median.

In Summary...

Mastercard primarily uses non-salary benefits to reward its CEO. Given that the company's overall performance has been reasonable, the CEO remuneration policy might not be shareholders' central point of focus in the upcoming AGM. Still, not all shareholders might be in favor of a pay raise to the CEO, seeing that they are already being paid higher than the industry.

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. We've identified 1 warning sign for Mastercard that investors should be aware of in a dynamic business environment.

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

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