» We collected results for 257 more companies this week, bringing our total to 1,075 for the season. This week, we found seven more companies that failed Say on Pay, bringing our total to 17. These companies include: Apache Corp, Everest Re Group, Gentiva Health Services, Hecla Mining, Middleby Corp, OraSure Technologies, and Volcano Corp. Year-over-year, fewer companies are failing Say on Pay (to date, 1.6% of the sample; 2.6% of the sample failed in 2012) and receiving ISS 'against' recommendations (to date, 12% of companies; this compares with 14% of companies in 2012).
In our “Vote of the Week,” we discuss Prudential Financial, which received 78% vote support in 2013 after receiving a 96% vote in 2012 (year-over-year decrease of 18%). Proxy advisors cited positive factors including a limited CEO pay increase of 3% year-over-year and a mandatory deferral of a portion of both short-term and long-term incentives. Despite a few noted positive changes, the lower support in 2013 may be due to: pay and performance disconnect (per proxy advisors), discretionary aspect included in the annual bonus plan, and relatively high bonus targets and opportunities.