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    Our latest update covers key learnings of the 2017 Gender Pay Gap reporting
  • Newsletter

    Not surprisingly for readers of our pay-for-performance blog, 2017 year-end results for the S&P/TSX 60 generally improved from 2016, with significant improvement in key measures including revenue and profit growth. While total shareholder return (TSR) was a solid 11% in 2017, it is significantly lower than the 21% in 2016. This reflects a more modest growth outlook for 2018.

    Ming Young, Christina Le and Sebastién Morrissette

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    Banking industry performance effectively stalled in 2017: growth was negligible while profitability and financial soundness were flat compared to 2016. But for 2018, performance, particularly EPS and ROE, could improve, assisted to some degree by the effects of tax reform.

    Daniel Potter and Marko Piedmont

  • Newsletter

    For readers of our pay-for-performance blog, it should come as no surprise that year-end results for the S&P 1500 were generally ahead of 2016 results. The bounce in revenue growth was exceptional and bodes well for future growth. But the best number in the 2017 scorecard was easily the 21% total shareholder return.

    Ryan Lucki, Chris Kozlowski and Steve Kline

  • Newsletter

    2017 was an evolving year for the restaurant industry with mixed results from various financial performance measures. While profit margins and total shareholder return (TSR) increased significantly in 2017, revenue growth deteriorated slightly in a challenging environment. Wall Street expects the industry to improve its performance in 2018 with implications for incentive plan goals.

    Kate King and Ayush Gupta

  • Newsletter

    For the biopharma industry, 2017 was a year of ups and downs. Underwhelming growth reflected uncertainty under the new administration, an ongoing pricing debate and a significant slowing of M&A transactions. However, with a positive shareholder outlook and a bullish market, the industry saw some improvements. What performance trends will we see in 2018?

    Mitchell Bardolf and Jang Han

  • Newsletter

    2017 was a tough year for the consumer staples sector despite posting improved total shareholder returns (TSR). Looking forward to 2018, we anticipate continued pressure on cost control and profit margins, but U.S. tax reform’s new lower statutory tax rate of 21% will give the U.S. consumer more disposable income and benefit the consumer staples industry.

    Brian Kavanagh and Jamie Teo

  • Newsletter

    After a strong performance in 2016, the health care equipment and supplies industry returned to earth for a majority of performance measures in 2017. While strong investor expectations and a bullish market yielded strong P/E ratio and shareholder returns, key financial measures experienced substantially diminished growth relative to 2016.

    Mitchell Bardolf and Min Ko

  • Newsletter

    After posting a 22% total shareholder return (TSR) in 2016, the materials sector took a victory lap in 2017 with a 23% return and major improvements in several key measures. Improved commodity prices played a big factor in the turnaround, along with the overall macroeconomic growth of the developing world as it continues to build infrastructure.

    Chris Kozlowski and John Prondzinski

  • Newsletter

    The technology sector’s stellar 2017 performance led the S&P 1500 with a 37% total shareholder return (TSR), besting its already respectable 15% TSR in 2016. So far in 2018, technology sector TSR continues on an upward trajectory building upon its incredibly successful 2017, even with the recent market correction (approaching 9% YTD versus 4% for the S&P 1500).

    Phil Abrams and Alex Ha

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