Report Update: Eleven Additional Companies Fail Say on Pay – Featuring Director Elections

Report Update: Eleven Additional Companies Fail Say on Pay – Featuring Director ElectionsZoom inDownload PDF

Our special topic this week examines director election votes from 2013 to 2015 thus far. Over 90% of director elections received vote support above 85% and only one out of two hundred elections failed. In the year following a failed Say on Pay vote, Compensation Committee non-chair members are four times more likely to receive a recommendation of ‘Withhold’ or ‘Against’ from proxy advisory firm ISS. To date 1,574 Russell 3000 companies have had their Say on Pay votes and 93% are passing with above 70% support. Eleven companies have failed since our last report: Astoria Financial, Basic Energy Services, BBCN Bancorp, Checkpoint Systems, Cornerstone OnDemand, DexMedia, Eagle Bancorp, Masimo, Tutor Perini, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and W.R. Berkley. 32 Russell 3000 companies (2.0%) have failed Say on Pay in 2015. ISS is recommending ‘Against’ Say on Pay proposals at 10% of companies.