This article will reflect on the compensation paid to Barry Fishman who has served as CEO of VIVO Cannabis Inc. (TSE:VIVO) since 2017. This analysis will also assess whether VIVO Cannabis pays its CEO appropriately, considering recent earnings growth and total shareholder returns.

How Does Total Compensation For Barry Fishman Compare With Other Companies In The Industry?

At the time of writing, our data shows that VIVO Cannabis Inc. has a market capitalization of CA$72m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of CA$427k for the year to December 2019. That’s just a smallish increase of 3.5% on last year. Notably, the salary which is CA$294.5k, represents most of the total compensation being paid.

In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations under CA$267m, the reported median total CEO compensation was CA$247k. Hence, we can conclude that Barry Fishman is remunerated higher than the industry median. Moreover, Barry Fishman also holds CA$411k worth of VIVO Cannabis stock directly under their own name.

Component20192018Proportion (2019)
Total CompensationCA$427kCA$413k100%

On an industry level, around 77% of total compensation represents salary and 23% is other remuneration. VIVO Cannabis sets aside a smaller share of compensation for salary, in comparison to the overall industry. If total compensation veers towards salary, it suggests that the variable portion – which is generally tied to performance, is lower.


VIVO Cannabis Inc.’s Growth

VIVO Cannabis Inc. has seen its earnings per share (EPS) increase by 28% a year over the past three years. In the last year, its revenue is up 85%.

This demonstrates that the company has been improving recently and is good news for the shareholders. The combination of strong revenue growth with medium-term earnings per share improvement certainly points to the kind of growth we like to see. 

Has VIVO Cannabis Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Given the total shareholder loss of 72% over three years, many shareholders in VIVO Cannabis Inc. are probably rather dissatisfied, to say the least. Therefore, it might be upsetting for shareholders if the CEO were paid generously.

In Summary…

As we touched on above, VIVO Cannabis Inc. is currently paying its CEO higher than the median pay for CEOs of companies belonging to the same industry and with similar market capitalizations. However, the earnings per share growth is certainly impressive, but we cannot say the same about the uninspiring shareholder returns (over the last three years). Considering overall performance, we can’t say Barry is underpaid, in fact compensation is definitely on the higher side.

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