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NEW YORK, N.Y., June 20, 2016 – Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) and PwC’s Governance Insights Center today released their ProxyPulse™ report for the 2016 proxy mid-season analyzing data from 1,881 U.S. public company shareholder meetings held between January 1, 2016 and May 15, 2016.
The report revealed that say-on-pay support at micro-cap companies fell 10 percentage points from the same period last year, while small-cap companies saw a decrease in say-on-pay support of two percentage points from 2015 to 87 percent this year.
“Say-on-pay continues to foster discussion between companies of all sizes and their shareholders," said Chuck Callan, senior vice president, regulatory affairs, Broadridge.
Another finding in the report is that support for directors weakened over the same period last year. Although there were fewer directors standing for election, more directors failed to achieve majority support this year than last. Almost half of the companies that had at least one director fail to gain majority support last year also had a director fail to do so this year.
Proxy access continues to be a major theme this season. “So far this proxy season, over 30 shareholder proposals for proxy access came to a vote and more than half have failed to achieve majority support. Although overall support was slightly lower than last year, many companies have voluntarily adopted proxy access bylaws -- thereby averting a shareholder vote,” said Paul DeNicola, managing director of PwC’s Governance Insights Center.
The report also includes a preview of demographic data on US equity shareholders.
ProxyPulse is based in part on Broadridge’s processing of shares held in street name, which accounts for over 80 percent of all shares outstanding of U.S. publicly-listed companies. Shareholder voting trends during a proxy season represent a snapshot in time and may not be predictive of full-year results.
ProxyPulse is a collaboration between Broadridge, the leading provider of investor communication solutions for financial services firms, mutual funds and corporate issuers globally, and PwC’s Governance Insights Center a group that supports directors and investors with governance knowledge to answer tough questions and tackle complex challenges. Visit ProxyPulse.com to access the full report.
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.
For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com.
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