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NEW YORK, N.Y., March 14, 2018 – The ProxyPulse™ report released today shows steady investor support for company boards of directors and say-on-pay proposals, while expressing concerns about environmental issues.
The report, released by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) and PwC’s Governance Insights Center, is based on the results from 1,040 annual shareholder meetings held during the “mini season” between July 1 and December 31, 2017. Additional details, insights, graphics, data, and observations can be found at: www.ProxyPulse.com.
“Environmental issues and improving board diversity are becoming a larger part of the corporate conversation, as seen from voting data and institutional investor actions in early 2018,” said Chuck Callan, senior vice president, regulatory affairs, Broadridge. “Institutional investors are interested and becoming vocal on these topics, even as they are largely supportive of boards and management.”
Paul DeNicola, managing director of the Governance Insights Center for PwC, commented, “Boards of directors and management teams can use the ProxyPulse data to better understand shareholder priorities and voting behavior. This in turn, can help inform their shareholder engagement efforts.”
The ProxyPulse report showed:
For the first time, shareholder proposals on environmental issues received majority support at a handful of large cap companies
Average support for shareholder proposals on climate change increased from 27% in the 2016 fall mini-season to 30% in the 2017 fall mini-season
Overall support for say-on-pay proposals, at 83% on average, continues to be strong
3,337 directors were nominated for election and, on average, received the support of 95% of the shares voted, an increase of 2% over the 2016 mini-season
Institutional investors continued to vote at high rates, at 86% of the shares they held
Retail investor voting rates remained relatively low, at 27%, while they owned 35% of the shares
ProxyPulse is based in part 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. 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 communications solutions and PwC’s Governance Insights Center, a group that supports directors and investors with governance knowledge. Visit ProxyPulse.com to access the full report.
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR), the $4 billion global fintech leader, provides investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and corporate issuers globally. Broadridge’s investor 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 more than 50 years of experience, Broadridge’s infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for more than 50 percent of public companies and mutual funds globally, and processes more than $5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 10,000 full-time associates in 16 countries. For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com.
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