Report Update: Four Additional Companies Fail Say on Pay—Featuring an Industry Breakdown of Say on Pay Votes

Report Update: Four Additional Companies Fail Say on Pay—Featuring an Industry Breakdown of Say on Pay VotesZoom inDownload PDF

Our special topic this week features an industry breakdown of Say on Pay votes. We have examined vote results by GICS sector to identify how results have moved year-over-year by industry. Our data shows that Information Technology, Consumer Discretionary, and Telecommunication Services companies have received the highest proportion of vote results below 90%. We also find a correlation between average Say on Pay results and ISS recommendations in every GICS sector. To date 678 Russell 3000 companies have had their Say on Pay votes and 94% are passing with above 70% support. Four companies have failed Say on Pay since our last report: Allegheny Technologies, Customers Bancorp, TCF Financial, and Walter Energy. Eight Russell 3000 companies (1.2%) have failed Say on Pay in 2015. Proxy advisory firm ISS is recommending ‘against’ Say on Pay proposals at 7% of companies.