Disclaimer: ECGS does not provide any service to the Company, except assistance on
managing their voting guidelines (provided by Proxinvest, the French partner of ECGS).
ITEM 5: Although performance achieved in 2018 is good, amounts granted are
excessive (€3 M , i.e. 146% of the SBF80 CEOs’ total remuneration median and 112% of
the MSCI Europe‘s Financial services sector median). Moreover, the company’s
disclosure does not allow for a perfect understanding of amounts granted as it still does
not disclose individual achievement rates of each financial criterion. We announced at
the beginning of 2016 that we would not support any retrospective vote if the company
does not disclose individual achievement rates. Thus, we do not support item 5.
ITEM 6: The 2019 remuneration policy of the CEO comprises only one change that has
neither a positive nor a negative impact on the remuneration policy. Therefore, our voting
recommendation is based on the global remuneration policy (not on the change
proposed). This remuneration presents the same major weakness as criticized before: it
does not comprise any actual long-term based remuneration. Even if the company
indicates that “specific compensation structure under regulation CRD IV limiting the
weight of variable compensation and thereby preventing the Chief Executive Officer from
benefiting from the performance share plan (LTI) established for executive managers”,
we believe that a decrease of the annual bonus would allow for implementing a LTI plan
within the CRD IV limits as is the case with other financial institutions in Europe. Thus,
we do not support item 6.
Amundi is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. provides advisory and investment management services. Co. provides savings, financial instruments, equity trading, credit activities, and investment solutions for both private individuals and institutional and corporate clients worldwide.
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Note : Proxinvest ne fournit aucun conseil à la société hors l'assistance pour la gestion de la politique de vote des actions détenues Rémunérations Concernant les rémunérations attribuées au titre de 2018 au Directeur général (résolution 5), bien que les performances de l'exercice semblent plutôt bonnes, les montants attribués à M. Perrier sont très généreux (3 M€, soit 146% de la médiane des rémunérations totales des dirigeants du SBF 80 et 112% de la médiane du secteur Financial Services du MSCI Europe). De plus, la compréhension des montants attribués n'est pas parfaite puisque la socié...
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ITEM 10: Although the board does not comprise a majority of independent members, Julie Guerrand is the most legitimate representative of the main shareholder as she is its Chairman. Thus, we recommend approval. ITEMS 7 and 8: Axel Dumas’ additional remuneration is indexed to the Group’s revenue, but only in an upward direction. If the company underperforms, executive will not be impacted. This is not acceptable. Moreover, Emile Hermès SARL’s total remuneration reached €9.6 M in 2018, which widely exceeds the median CAC 40 executives and represents 458 times the French minimum wage (SMIC), wh...
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The Annual General Meeting will be held foreseeable on the second call on May 31st, 2019, at 12 p.m. The re-election of the Chairman is proposed in item 10. Mr. Antonio Brufau Niub has served on the Board since 1996 and has been Chairman for fifteen years. Prior to serving as Chairman, he served as CEO of the Company and Executive Chairman. There are concerns that his fixed fees of EUR 2.5 million per year imply that he continues to perform some executive functions. Furthermore, ECGS guidelines do not support the appointment of a former CEO as Chairman. This can undermine the Boardns supe...
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