Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) and PwC’s Center for Board Governance today released their final ProxyPulse™ report for the 2014 season, covering all 4,113 U.S. shareholder meetings from January 1 to June 30, 2014.
This edition of ProxyPulse offers data and analytics on topics including share ownership, director elections, “say-on-pay,” shareholder proposals, proxy material distribution and voting mechanics.
“Shareholder activism remains intense, most notably for the largest companies,” said Mary Ann Cloyd, leader of PwC’s Center for Board Governance. “Although the number of reported proxy contests and ‘no vote’ campaigns decreased from last season, a significant number of campaigns were resolved without a shareholder vote.”
Chuck Callan, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Broadridge, added, “There were increases both in the number of shareholder proposals to split the roles of Chair and CEO, and in the number of pay plans that failed to receive a majority of street shares voted in support. On the topic of director elections, shareholder support for directors remains strong, yet out of 22,554 directors up for election, 1,180 failed to attain the support of at least 70% of the shares voted.”
In today’s release, key findings highlighted by Broadridge and PwC include:
The report is based upon Broadridge’s processing of shares held in street name, which accounts for over 80% of all shares outstanding of U.S. publicly-listed companies. In addition, it provides perspectives from PwC’s annual surveys of directors and investors.
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 Center for Board Governance, a group within PwC whose mission is to help directors effectively meet the challenges of their critical roles.
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