Premiere Global Services ($PGI) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/13/2012. Voting ends 6/12 on Moxy Vote’s proxy voting platform, which had 3 recommendations “from good causes” when I checked and voted on 6/6/2012. However, two were consolidations, so they really only had recommendations from Calvert. ProxyDemocracy.org had information on 2 funds voting. I voted with management 11% of the time.
I generally vote against pay packages where NEOs were paid above median in the previous year but make exceptions where something obviously warrants different treatment. According to Bebchuk, Lucian A. and Grinstein, Yaniv (The Growth of Executive Pay, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 283-303, 2005), aggregate compensation by public companies to NEO increased from 5 percent in 1993-1995 to about 10 percent in 2001-2003.
PGI’s SummaryCompensation Table shows Boland T. Jones, CEO/Chair, was the highest paid named executive officer (NEO) at over $2.9M in 2011. I’m using Yahoo! Finance to determine market cap and Wikipedia’s rule of thumb regarding classification. According to those sources, at about $397.5M PGI is a small-cap company. According to the United States Proxy Exchange (USPX) guidelines (pages 9&10), using data from Equilar, the median CEO compensation at small-cap corporations was $2.2 million in 2010, so PGI’s pay is well above that median.
On that basis, I voted against the pay plan and against the compensation committee members: Wilkie S. Colyer, Chairman and John R. Harris. I saw that CalSTRS and CBIS voted against all the directors. Hoping they have done this on the basis of good research, I decided to join with them in also voting against the other directors.
Mark your calendars; here’s the deadline for proposals by shareowners for next year:
Any shareholder proposal received at our principal executive offices before November 24, 2012 or after December 24, 2012 will be considered untimely and, if presented at the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders, the proxy holders will be able to exercise discretionary authority to vote on any such proposal to the extent authorized by Rule 14a-4(c) promulgated under the Exchange Act.
|1.1||Elect Director Boland T. Jones||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|1.2||Elect Director Wilkie S. Colyer||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|1.3||Elect Director K. Robert Draughon||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|1.4||Elect Director John R. Harris||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|1.5||Elect Director W. Steven Jones||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|1.6||Elect Director Raymond H. Pirtle, Jr.||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|1.7||Elect Director J. Walker Smith, Jr.||Withhold||Withhold||Withhold|
|2||Advisory Vote to Ratify NEOs’ Compensation||Against||For||Against|