Mid-season snapshot shows increases in proxy contests and “Vote No” and “Vote Yes” campaigns, a small rise in retail share ownership and continued high shareholder support of pay plans
New York, July 7, 2015–Increases in shareholder activism, the number of proxy contests, “Vote No” and “Vote Yes” campaigns to influence director elections and retail share ownershipare just a few of the findings from the mid-season review of ProxyPulse™, a joint publication byBroadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.(NYSE:BR) and PwC US’Center for Board Governance.
In an analysis of 2,082 annual meetings held between January 1, 2015 and May 15, 2015, Broadridge and PwC reported that proxy access proposals attained high levels of support.
“Nearly two-thirds of the proxy access proposals received majority shareholder support,” said Chuck Callan, senior vice presidentof regulatory affairs, Broadridge Financial Solutions.
There were increases also in the number of proxy battles and in shareholder-to-shareholder communications as evidenced by greater numbers of “Vote No” and “Vote Yes” campaigns. There was also an increase in proposals related to corporate political spending and sustainability.
Say-on-pay support levels remained high and saw slight growth compared to the previous period in 2014. Additionally, only three percent of say-on-pay votes failed to receive majority shareholder approval.
“Shareholders continued to support say on pay voting at high levels” stated Paul DeNicola, managing director in PwC’s Center for Board Governance. “This could be due to an increase in shareholder engagement with respect to executive compensation and more ongoing communications between directors and institutional investors.”
Key 2015 mid-season developments include:
The report is based on Broadridge's processing of shares held in street name, which accounts for more than 80 percent of all shares outstanding of U.S. publicly-listed companies. In addition, it provides perspectives from PwC's annual surveys of directors and investors.
Visit ProxyPulse.comto access the full report.
ProxyPulse is a collaboration between Broadridge and PwC's Center for Board Governance.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and other corporations. Broadridge’s investor and customer communications, securities processing and managed services solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With over 50 years of experience, Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America and processes on average $5 trillion in equity and fixed income trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 10,000 associates in 14 countries.
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