Proxy Blog

Schlumberger Limited 

March 11, 2019

The annual proxy for this oilfield services company had the following proposals: 

  1. Proforma votes on directors, appointment of auditors, executive compensation 
  2. Proforma European vote on financials 
  3. Board proposal on amending Stock and Deferral Plan for Non-Employee Directors 

Magni voted as follows: 

  1. For all proforma proposals.
    -Directors – The board has a majority of independent directors and some have CEO/CFO experience with other companies. The compensation of directors is disclosed with a meaningful portion in equity where the equity has restrictions to align director incentives with long-term value creation. 
    -Auditors – There appear to be no controversies with the financial statements of the company.
    -“Say-on-pay” – The shareholder engagement and peer group disclosures indicate good governance practices in executive compensation. 
  2. For European proforma proposal. Under U.S. laws and regulations, these matters are handled by the board, thus the topics do not warrant votes by shareholders of U.S. companiesMagni usually votes in support of these topics, unless some controversy or issue has arisen that requires additional investigation or justifies a vote against 
  3. For board proposal on non-employee director plan. The proposed changes were small and were consistent with good governance.