BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), one of the stocks in my portfolio, provides investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/28/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked on 5/19/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 65% of the time.
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Illumina, Inc. (NASD:ILMN), one of the stocks in my portfolio, is a developer and manufacturer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/27/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/18/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 37% of the time.
Intel Corporation (NASD:INTC), one of the stocks in my portfolio, designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of three funds when I checked and voted on 5/14/2015. I voted with management 56% of the time and assigned Intel a proxy score of 56. Continue Reading →
The Walt Disney Company $DIS, which operates as a worldwide entertainment company, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 3/12/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 3/8/2015. I voted with management 79% of the time and assigned them a proxy score of 79.
View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Walt Disney 2015 proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →
Update: ISS recommends its clients vote in support of proxy access, calling the proposed eligibility requirements of my proposal at Apple robust, while safeguarding against abuses in the nominating process. Glass Lewis opposes the proposal because “given the company’s… positive financial performance, we do not believe that adoption of this proposal is necessary at this time.”
So, the tool you’ll need when the company is in trouble, you’re supposed to wait until the company is already in trouble to put that in place, according to Glass Lewis… then you wait again until you can make nominations? That’s like waiting until a building is on fire to install a sprinkling system. Apache is the latest company to support proxy access. That company, which sued retail shareowner John Chevedden rather than allow shareholders to vote to eliminate supermajority requirements, seems to have a better grasp of when proxy access is needed than proxy advisor Glass Lewis.
The C$238.8 billion ($189.4 billion) Toronto-based CPPIB and the $182.2 billion FSBA both plan to vote in support of a shareholder proposal calling for proxy access, enabling shareholders to use corporate proxy materials to nominate up to 25% of the board. CalSTRS ($186 billion) voted for proxy access, using the Glass Lewis voting platform. Continue Reading →
A recent paper [Miriam Schwartz-Ziv and Russ Wermers, Do Small and Large Shareholders Have a Say-on-Pay? (October 15, 2014) available at SSRN] investigates the voting patterns of shareholders on Say-On-Pay and finds that ‘small’ shareholders are more likely than large shareholders to use the non-binding Say-On-Pay vote to govern their companies, are more likely to vote for an annual Say-On-Pay vote, and are more likely to vote “against” Say-On-Pay (i.e., to vote against the pay package). Continue Reading →
External pressures to conform to generic pay standards and so-called “best practices” are undermining the ability of Compensation Committees to create differentiated compensation strategies that are grounded in their own company’s business needs and priorities. That’s bad for investors and employees alike. Continue Reading →
A proposal by Qube Investment Management, which owns 10,208 shares of Microsoft ($MSFT), to cap pay has been challenged through the “no-action” process. See incoming correspondence to the SEC. The resolved clause of Qube’s proposal reads as follows:
Resolved: The the Board of Directors and/or the Compensation Committee limit the average individual total compensation of senior management, executives and all other employees the board is chanted with determining Continue Reading →
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 2pm EDT/11 am PDT, To register for this complimentary webinar, click here.
Shareholder value growth is the core challenge of every business and the ultimate Continue Reading →
An increasingly popular trend in recent years has been the adoption by Delaware public companies of an exclusive forum provision in their bylaws. An exclusive forum provision generally provides for the Delaware Court of Chancery to be the exclusive forum for certain disputes (including derivative actions, breach of fiduciary duty claims, claims arising pursuant
to the company’s charter or bylaws and other shareholder litigation) against the company — and prohibiting such suits in other jurisdictions. Expected benefits cited by companies of adopting exclusive forum bylaw provisions include decreased litigation costs, avoiding parallel litigation in multiple jurisdictions and the predictability of Delaware courts. Continue Reading →
A complimentary 90-minute webinar co-sponsored by Eagle Rock Proxy Advisors and Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP will be held at 2:00 p.m., EDT, on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Register now. Continue Reading →
Aligning CEO pay with shareowner value is key for many. A new tool (at least new to me), the Compensation and Wealth Calculator, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Corporate Governance Research Program, allows users to see how the compensation of CEOs and other NEOs, which they have already received over the years in the form of stock and stock options, aligns with share price. Continue Reading →
A roundup of just a few of many relevant news items worth reading. Continue Reading →
These are some relatively quick notes that I’m sharing from the Corporate Directors Forum 2012, held at the University of San Diego, January 22-24, 2012. This post may be a cryptic… incomplete sentences bt hopefully mor intelligible thN txt msgN or Tweets. Continue Reading →
Bill Moyers is back on television! Here is a recent episode of “Moyers and Company,” which asks: “how did our political and financial class shift the benefits of the economy to the very top, while saddling us with greater debt and tearing new Continue Reading →