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Our weekly "Say on Pay Reports" provide comprehensive coverage of vote results. Find out how companies in the Russell 3000 fared on Say on Pay votes.

Report update: four new companies with support below 50%

We collected results for 278 more companies this week, bringing our total to 818 for the season. We continue to see high support, with 94% of companies passing with over 70% shareholder approval (this is slightly higher than in 2011 and 2012). Year-over-year, we observe that fewer companies are failing Say on Pay (to date, ten companies this year, or 1.2% of the sample; 2.6% of the sample failed in 2012) and receiving ISS 'against' recommendations (to date, 11% of companies; this compares with 14% of companies in 2012). Four new companies failed this week: AXIS Capital Holdings, Comstock Resources, Golden Star Resources, and Stillwater Mining. Read more

Report update: Occidental Petroleum receives 63% after consecutive years at 90%+

We collected results for 191 more companies this week, bringing our total to 549 for the season. We continue to see high support, with 93% of companies passing with over 70% shareholder approval (this is identical to 2011 - and slightly higher than in 2012). Year-over-year, we observe that fewer companies are failing Say on Pay (to date, six companies this year, or 1.1% of the sample; 2.6% of the sample failed in 2012) and receiving ISS 'against' recommendations (to date, 10% of companies; this compares with 14% of companies in 2012). In our “Vote of the Week,” we discuss Occidental Petroleum, which received 63% vote support in 2013 after receiving votes above 90% in both 2012 and 2011. The decline in support may have been driven by the value of CEO and Executive Chairman pay packages, discretionary nature of annual incentive program, problematic pay practices, and governance issues related to succession planning and the Executive Chairman's tenure (76% of shareholders voted against reelecting the Executive Chairman). Occidental announced several governance and compensation program changes after the proxy filing, which led to a subsequent proxy advisor recommendation reversal and may have elevated support for Say on Pay above 50%. Read more

Report update: Coca Cola receives 77% support after receiving votes above 90% in both 2012 and 2011

We collected results for 121 more companies this week, bringing our total to 349 for the season. Thus far, 94% are passing with above 70% support -- and six companies have failed thus far (with one new addition from last week - Dendreon Corp). We continue to notice similar trends year over year, with average vote results improving approximately 1%. As with last week, we have noticed that ISS is recommending 'against' fewer companies this year (10% of companies, as compared with 14% in 2012 and 12% in 2011). In our “Vote of the Week,” we discuss Coca Cola, which received 77% vote support in 2013 after receiving votes above 90% in both 2012 and 2011. The decrease in vote support is likely driven by a change in proxy advisor support due to below median TSR performance relative to industry and the S&P 500, high relative CEO pay, and annual bonus payouts above target for four consecutive years. Read more

Report update: Cogent Communications fails after receiving vote of 68% in 2012 and 39% in 2011

We collected results for 46 more companies this week, bringing our total to 228 for the season. Thus far, 94% are passing with above 70% support -- and five companies have failed thus far. Average vote results have improved by approximately 2% year over year. Five companies that failed in 2012 have received significantly more support in 2013 (average of +47%). We have noticed that ISS has recommended 'against' fewer companies this year (10% of companies, as compared with 14% in 2012 and 12% in 2011). In our “Vote of the Week,” we discuss Cogent Communications, which received 39% vote support in 2013 after receiving a vote below 70% in 2012 and failing in 2011. The failure this year may be attributable to: a mega grant of time based equity made to the CEO, lack of performance criteria, limited engagement with shareholders following consecutive votes under 70%, and underlying problematic pay practices. Read more

Report update: 182 companies in

We collected results for 13 more companies this week, bringing our total to 182 for the season. Thus far, 93% are passing with above 70% support -- and four companies have failed thus far. Average vote results have improved by approximately 3% year over year. Five companies that failed in 2012 have received significantly more support in 2013 (average of +47%). We have noticed that ISS has recommended 'against' fewer companies this year (9% of companies, as compared with 14% in 2012 and 12% in 2011). Read more

Report update: 4 failures thus far

We collected results for 6 more companies this week, bringing our total to 169 for the season. Thus far, 93% are passing with above 70% support. One new company failed this week (Biglari Holdings), bringing the total to four for the year. Average vote results have improved by approximately 2% year over year. Read more

Report update: no new failures; ISS reverses recommendations of two companies

We collected results for 11 more companies this week, bringing our total to 154 for the season. Thus far, 94% of companies are passing with above 70% support, and no new companies failed this week. Proxy advisory firm ISS is recommending against Say on Pay proposals at 9% of companies (compared to 14% in 2012 and 12% in 2011). One new company – Kaman Corp – filed a DEFA14A in response to proxy advisors this week. Kaman Corp also had its Say on Pay recommendation reversed by ISS (from ‘against’ to ‘for’) following the Company’s decision to remove an excise tax gross-up from an executive’s recently renewed change-in-control agreement. Read more