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Over the past year, Broadridge delivered innovative solutions to enhance securityholder engagement and improve the effectiveness of the proxy process. This report details some of the highlights, including cost-savings and other benefits achieved by our clients, marketplace and regulatory insight, and key performance statistics.
We are pleased to report key statistics for the 2017 Canadian proxy season. In the past year, Broadridge delivered innovative solutions to enhance securityholder engagement and improve the effectiveness of the proxy process. We’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the highlights.
In the 2017 proxy season, Canadian issuers realized $38.7 million in savings, up from $33.9 million last year. This year, 49.7% of proxy mailings processed by Broadridge were eliminated through a combination of customized processing applied to bank and broker supplied data for account consolidations (i.e. discretionary managed accounts), ProxyEdge® and e-delivery. This compares to 50.3% of proxy mailings in 2016. In 2017, Broadridge processed 246.9 billion securities, compared to 224.4 billion last year, and 49.1% of those securities were voted, compared to 49.5% in 2016. The adoption of notice and access continued to increase, with 573 issuers using the notice only delivery method in 2017, compared to 517 issuers in 2016.
In January 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators published Staff Notice 54-305 – Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols (SN 54- 305). SN 54-305 signals a shift in the regulatory framework supporting securityholder voting and the underlying processes that enable it. Whereas the proxy process has historically been focused on distribution of materials, SN 54-305 centres on the vote entitlement of each securityholder to exercise the voting rights they acquired when they invested in a company. Market participants have clearly defined responsibilities for their respective parts of the voting process. Those responsibilities will help ensure that every investor’s voting entitlement is supported. Broadridge has made the necessary process and system changes to support the processing of records for early search and record date. All records will now be votable and reconciled against the entitlements received from CDS, DTC and any omnibus entitlement.
Broadridge also completed changes to support the shortened security settlement cycle timeframe. These system enhancements required investment in new technology to align our process with the T+2 timeline. We will provide issuers with information needed to fulfill material obligations for any securityholder distributions conducted by Broadridge one business day earlier.
Issuers can now brand the ProxyVote.com voting site and emails to better engage securityholders. New functionality allows issuers to enhance communications with video or multimedia messages or direct investors to the issuer’s investor relations site. The result is more compelling and effective communications, better securityholder engagement and enhanced brand awareness.
Advanced analytics turns historical data about securityholder voting behaviour into actionable insights. Issuers can leverage data to refine strategy, deliver persuasive securityholder communications, define benchmarks, evaluate progress and improve projections.
This past year, Broadridge continued to engage with market participants and regulators as part of our commitment to the continuous improvement of the proxy system for all market participants. You can read our comments on our website.
We are pleased to report that 96.3% of Canadian issuers were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall service received from Broadridge, based on the responses to this year's Client Satisfaction Survey. We continue to increase our client satisfaction ratings year-over-year and your comments are important to identify opportunities for further improvements. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or suggestions.
|Proxy Projects Distributed*||3,077||3,251|
|Percentage of Securities Processed by Broadridge
that were voted including discretionary
votes in accordance with NYSE Rule 452.
* A proxy project represents all jobs mailed by Broadridge Canada and/or Broadridge U.S. for each Canadian issuer.
** Securities refers to shares, units, debentures, etc.
*Represents account suppressions resulting from Broadridge customized processing applied to Broker/Bank supplied data for account consolidations (e.g. managed accounts).
|ProxyEdge||$ 1,481,820||$ 1,549,470|
|Internet Delivery||$ 3,631,477||$ 3,431,289|
Savings based on a $4.99 fee comprised of $3.05 Postage + $1.76 print and $0.18 Out of Pocket.
“TOTAL ESTIMATED SAVINGS $38.7M”
|% RETURNED OF
|1,000 - 4,999||495||60.1B||34.5B||57.4%|
|5,000 - 9,999||131||19.8B||11.5B||58.1%|
|10,000 - 49,999||116||52.2B||20.8B||39.8%|
* Beneficial proxy records.
** A proxy project represents all jobs mailed by Broadridge Canada and/or Broadridge U.S. for each Canadian issuer.
“121.3B SECURITIES WERE VOTED”
|VIF† SECURITY AMOUNT
|% RETURNED OF
|% RETURNED OF
|1,000 - 4,999||6.3B||2.6%||2.1B||33.3%||1.7%|
|5,000 - 9,999||3.5B||1.4%||1.3B||37.1%||1.1%|
|10,000 - 49,999||13.1B||5.3%||5.6B||42.7%||4.6%|
† Voting Instruction Form.
* Securities returned as percentage of securities processed by VIF securities amount.
** Securities returned as percentage of total securities returned.
“49.1% OF ALL SECURITIES WERE VOTED”
|ELECTRONIC VOTING PLATFORMS|
|VIF† Security Amount||Total Securities Returned||Total Securities||% Returned||Total Securities||% Returned||Total Securities||% Returned||Total Securities||% Returned|
|1,000 - 4,999||2.08B||0.20B||9.6%||0.04B||1.9%||1.50B||72.1%||0.34B||16.4%|
|5,000 - 9,999||1.34B||0.12B||9.0%||0.03B||2.2%||0.98B||73.1%||0.21B||15.7%|
|10,000 - 49,999||5.58B||0.58B||10.4%||0.11B||2.0%||4.03B||72.2%||0.86B||15.4%|
Electronic Channels (Telephone, ProxyEdge and Internet) accounted for 93 billion securities.
* Internet includes ProxyVote, Mobile ProxyVote and discretionary votes.
“85.7% OF ALL RETURNED VOTES WERE CAST ELECTRONICALLY”
|Overall, how satisfied are you with the service we provided you?||Satisfied to Very Satisfied||96.3%|
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