Proxy Blog

Seagate Technology PLC 

October 2, 2019

The annual proxy for this data storage company had the following proposals: 

  1. Proforma proposals on directors, appointment of auditors, and advisory vote on compensation 
  2. Proforma European-style proposals on share transaction authorities 
  3. Board proposal on equity incentive plan 

Magni voted as follows 

  1. For and against proforma proposals:
    -For 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, though the equity does not have restrictions to align director incentives with long-term value creation. The company has no ownership guidelines.
    -For auditors – There appear to be no controversies with the financial statements of the company.
    -Against say-on-pay”  The company does not have a shareholder engagement program that goes beyond the annual advisory vote. The peer group is listed, however there is no disclosure of the criteria or process used to develop the peer group. 
  2. For European proforma proposalsUnder US laws and regulations, these matters are handled by the board, thus the topics do not warrant votes by shareholders of US companies. Magni 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 equity incentive planEquity incentive plans are good tools for aligning management of a company with shareholder interests. The amendments to the existing plan are relatively minor and the changes are consistent with good governance.