2013 Proxy Voting Results: “Harsher Stance on Misconduct, Weak Earnings, Independence of Directors Likely in 2013” (Nomura)

Based on a representative survey, Nomura's Kengo Nishimura has summarized the results of proxy voting in the 2012 AGM season, in the report which can be downloaded below. His major conclusions, and some of the more salient data results:

Greater average votes in favor, but proposals at some companies encounter heavy opposition

Shareholder proposal that received 4th highest support percentage from shareholders: Amendment to Articles of Incorporation: disclosure of training policies for board members, and training actually performed (Mizuho Holdings)

On average, each foreign and domestic institutional investor voted against nominated directors at 19-23% of all AGMs

Domestic institutions vote for shareholder proposals at 4.2% of AGMs; foreign institutions, at 12.4%

About 35% of individual investors do not vote yes on all of their proxy cards

Focus in 2013 likely to remain on independence of external directors andexecutive remuneration

Looking for rise in number of companies listening to investors in the next year

Download the full report (click on name of the file in blue)

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