Related party agreements (resolutions 4-8):
We appreciate that each new agreement is submitted in a separate resolution giving shareholders the flexibility to vote for or against resolutions without having to reject the report in its entirety. However, the Company does not submit previously approved agreements to a vote, which is contrary to best practices. Remuneration (resolutions 19-24):
Chairman of the Board:
Quantum is reasonable compared to the median non-executive Chairman in the CAC40 Index.
CEO and Deputy CEO:
Although qualitative criteria weighting for the bonus was excessive and the bank failed to adopt a LTIP, the allocated amounts are reasonable compared to the companies included in the CAC 40 Index and European banks and we welcome the improvement in transparency with the disclosure of the achievement rates for bonus criteria. Therefore, we recommend approval.
Although the potential amounts are reasonable compared to the companies included in the CAC 40 Index and European banks, the new remuneration policy does not address our concerns: the lack of a LTIP, excessive weighting for bonus qualitative criteria, and a potentially generous severance payment. Therefore, we recommend opposition.
Loyalty dividend (resolutions 28-29):
Crédit Agricole S.A. set up a loyalty dividend scheme to reward its shareholders for their loyalty. The European Central Bank (ECB) has required Crédit Agricole S.A. to remove the loyalty dividend bonus clause because it is considered as a “preferential distribution” in breach of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). Crédit Agricole S.A. will comply with the ECB’s request by submitting a proposal to the General Meeting of Shareholders to remove the loyalty dividend bonus clause from its articles of association and to grant free shares in order to compensate the shareholders who are entitled the loyalty dividend. According to Proxinvest, it was not necessary to compensate shareholders who are entitled to the loyalty dividend.
Credit Agricole is active in the market of retail banking and related businesses. Co. provides day-to-day banking, savings products, mortgage and consumer loans, insurance, private banking, asset management, lease finance and factoring, corporate and investment banking. Its activities can be divided into six business lines: French Retail Banking - Regional Banks; French Retail Banking - LCL; International Retail Banking; Specialized Financial Services; Savings Management and Insurance; and Corporate and Investment Banking. Co.'s customers are personal customers, farmers, small businesses, companies and local authorities. As of Dec 31 2013 Co.'s total assets amounted to Euro1,536,873,000,000.
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An objective examination of the growth drivers of indices (macroeconomic growth expectations, EPS momentum, monetary conditions and the cost of capital) leads us to believe that the momentum observed since the start of the year cannot be maintained in the short term. In short, the market (Stoxx 600) is ahead of its transition times and should enter a fluctuation band that we estimate at between 355 and 384 points. Consequently, the most rational attitude consists in a total or partial...
Un examen objectif des moteurs de progression des indices (anticipations de croissance macroéconomique, dynamique des BPA, évolution des conditions monétaires et coût du capital) nous amène à penser que la dynamique observée depuis le début de l’année ne peut se maintenir à court terme. Bref, le marché (Stoxx 600) est en avance sur ses temps de passage et devrait entrer dans une bande de fluctuation que nous estimons comprise entre 355 et 384 points. En conséquence, l’attitude la plus...
In general, Lundbergforetagen is in compliance with the Swedish regulations relating to the organisation and procedures of the Annual General Meeting. Under ITEM 12, approval is sought for the re-election of the board of directors. Although there is just sufficient independent representation on the board, ECGS notes that the number of executives (3) sitting on the board is NOT in accordance with provision 4.3 of the Swedish Corporate Governance Code. Aforementioned provision stipulates that no more than one (1) member of the board may be a member of the executive management. Based on the abov...
Merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Profit Warning and Sale of SUSE Business On September 2016, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on the terms of a transaction which provided for the combination of HPEns software business segment with the Company by way of a merger. The transaction was valued at $8.8bn. On March 2018, the Company issued a profit warning arguing that its revenues declined more than expected due to problems stemming from its acquisition of Hewlett Packard. On 22 March 2018, Hsu resigned from his position of CEO min order to...
Cette année encore, Proxinvest déplore le manque d’informations et de transparence concernant les administrateurs de la société ainsi que la rémunération des mandataires sociaux : aucune information ni biographie n’est disponible sur les membres du conseil. En outre, Proxinvest s’opposera cette année à la politique de rémunération des dirigeants mandataires sociaux en raison du manque de transparence (résolution 5) et sur les montants attribués au cours de l'exercice au Président-Directeur général qui semblent trop élevés au regard de la taille de la société (résolution 6).
Afin de pouvoir remplir au mieux la mission de surveillance et de protection de l’ensemble des actionnaires qui lui incombe, il nous semblerait préférable que le conseil ne soit pas composé de seulement cinq membres dont deux personnes de la famille du principal actionnaire. La société fait preuve de légèreté dans la transparence des informations communiquées aux actionnaires en matière de rémunération. Par conséquent, la plupart des résolutions référentes aux rémunérations des dirigeants connaitront un recommandations négatives au regard de ce manque de transparence. Dans la même optique, ...
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