Item 2: The Boards propose a dividend of EUR 3.50/ordinary share and of EUR 3.52 per preference share. The dividend is not covered by free cash flow for a third consecutive year. We therefore consider a dividend payment inappropriate at this time and recommend to oppose the dividend proposal.
Item 4: We voice our concerns that the Supervisory Board has failed to again table the Management Board members remuneration system for shareholder approval. This despite the fact that it had received a very low approval level (79%) which shows significant investor concerns.
Item 6.1: We recommend opposing the re-election of Supervisory Board member Susanne Klatten due to her low attendance rate at Board meetings in financial year 2018 (71%).
Item 7: Authorisation for a period of five years to increase the share capital by up to EUR 5m (<1% of the share capital) by issuing non-voting preference shares against contribution in cash to serve employee share plans. Although the authorisation meets our guidelines we are concerned that the Company proposes to issue only non-voting preference shares. We consider this as a measure to secure the influence of the Company's major shareholders. Furthermore, we consider that the issuance of non-voting preference shares is detrimental to the "one share, one vote" principle. Consequently, we recommend shareholders to oppose this resolution both at the meeting of ordinary shareholders and at the special meeting of preference shareholders (Item 2).
Bayerische Motoren Werke is a holding company, engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of cars and motorcycles. Co. owns three brands: BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. Co.'s BMW automobile range encompasses the 1 Series, including coupe and convertible models; the 3 Series, including sedan, touring, coupe and convertible models; the 5 Series, including sedan and touring models; the 6 Series, including coupe or convertible; the 7 Series large sedan; the Z4 roadster and coupe; the sports utility vehicles, X3, X5 and X6 and M models. Co. also provides cars under the MINI brand and motorcycles under the BMW brand. The Rolls-Royce brand provides three cars, Phantom, Coupe and Ghost.
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The independent financial analyst theScreener just lowered the general evaluation of BMW AG. (DE), active in the Automobiles industry. As regards its fundamental valuation, the title now shows 1 out of 4 stars while market behaviour can be considered moderately risky. theScreener believes that the title remains under pressure due to the loss of a star(s) and downgrades its general evaluation to Neutral. As of the analysis date May 10, 2019, the closing price was EUR 69.82 and its target price was estimated at EUR 65.44.
Le renouvellement des mandats de Philippe Maubert, Christophe Maubert, Catherine Canovas, et Lionel Picolet sont soumis à l’approbation des actionnaires. Au regard du manque d’indépendance au conseil d’administration, Proxinvest s’opposera aux résolutions 5 à 8. La politique de rémunération pour 2019 présentée par la société dans le Rapport de Gouvernance d’entreprise est très insuffisante. L’absence de nombreuses informations ne permet pas à l’actionnaire d’estimer la rémunération attribuable aux dirigeants pour 2019. Ainsi, Proxinvest s’opposera à la résolution 9. Concernant la rémunératio...
GouvernanceLa société propose le renouvellement de 3 administrateurs et la nomination de 2 administrateurs indépendants. Parmi les renouvellements proposés figure celui de Julie Guerrand. Selon la politique de vote de Proxinvest, en cas de conseil ne comprenant pas une majorité de membres indépendants, Proxinvest soutient 1 représentant pour chacun des 3 principaux actionnaires. En l'occurrence, le représentant le plus légitime de H51, le premier actionnaire, est sa Présidente, Julie Guerrand. Nous soutenons donc son renouvellement, mais pas celui de M. Bauer. Concernant Mme Sénéquier, bien qu...
Le conseil n'est pas majoritairement composé de membres libres de conflits d'intérêts. Par conséquent, parmi les renouvellements proposés, seul le Président du conseil sera soutenu en raison de la séparation des fonctions avec la Direction Générale (résolutions 5 à 7). En ce qui concerne la rémunération 2018 du Directeur Général, l'absence de communication des taux de réalisation de chacun des critères financiers du bonus constitue un manque rédhibitoire pour Proxinvest. Par ailleurs, l'attribution d'actions gratuites est basée sur des critères non vérifiables et qui sont calculés sur une pér...
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...
The majority of the Board is not composed of independent members. Consequently, among the proposed renewals, only the Chairman of the Board will be supported due to the separation of functions with the Executive Management (resolutions 5 to 7). With regard to the 2018 remuneration of the CEO, the failure to communicate the achievement rates of each of the financial criteria related to the bonus constitutes a fundamental flaw for ECGS. In addition, the allocation of performance shares is based on criteria that cannot be verified and are calculated over a period of only two years, which is insu...
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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