The annual proxy for this sportswear manufacturer had the following proposals:
- Proforma votes on directors, the appointment of auditors, and executive compensation
- Special vote on a board proposal to amend the Omnibus Long-Term Incentive Plan
Magni voted as follows:
- 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 where the equity has restrictions to align director incentives with long-term value creation. The compensation levels are set using a benchmarking process.
-For auditors – There appear to be no controversies with the financial statements of the company.
-Against “Say-on-pay” Advisory Vote – The proxy materials did not discuss shareholder engagement. The peer group was disclosed, but the process for selecting the peer group was discussed in very conceptual terms. It is not clear if the peer group was set objectively or if the peer group skewed the analysis of compensation. Both shareholder engagement and peer group benchmarking are important components of corporate governance. This company’s incomplete approach justifies a vote against the proposal.
- For board proposal. The long-term plan is generally consistent with good governance and the amendments are minor, while continuing to align the management with the interests of the shareholders.