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Looking at Exec Compensation

European stocks hitting the lows for the day as they enter their final hour of trading (remember Europe “fell back” to Standard Time over the weekend), led lower by banks, euro at lows for day, dollar strength weighing on commodities and commodity stocks.

CEO compensation: look at Nabor's, not MF Global.

A lot of attention being paid to MF Global's   bankruptcy this morning and to whether CEO Jon Corzine will be leaving or not, and whether his expected $12.1 million payout is excessive or not.

But there's a lot more talk about Nabors CEO Eugene Isenberg: he's been removed as CEO, but will remain as chairman of the board. Mr. Isenberg will receive $100 million (cash!) due to changes in his employment contract. Retiring and getting $100 million?

Andrew Gould recently retired as CEO of Schlumberger in August. He did not get $100 million.

True, NBR has grown considerably since Mr. Isenberg became the head of NBR in 1987. But one analyst noted this morning that during the past five years (2006-2010), Mr. Isenberg has received nearly $174 million in compensation, but during that time NBR’s stock declined 38 percent versus a gain of 35 percent for the Oil Service Sector Index.

NBR has performed poorly recently because demand for rigs are down.

NBR was trading on either side of positive and negative this morning, despite markets being down, as the market appears to believe retiring Mr. Isenberg is a positive and that some much-needed restructuring is likely to occur. COO Anthony Petrello, who has worked with Isenberg for years, will take over as CEO.

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