On 27 October 2016, Qualcomm Incorporated and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a definitive agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Qualcomm will acquire NXP. Pursuant to the agreement, a subsidiary of Qualcomm will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of NXP for USD 110.00 per share in cash, representing a transactionagreement value of approximately USD 38,5bn. At the EGM of 27 January 2017, shareholders of NXP approved the purchase plans. Pending the receipt of certain regulatory approvals, most notably the Chinese regulatory authority, as well as
satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, the proposed transaction is currently expected to close before the end of July 2018.
Under agenda item 3c, it is proposed to reappoint Mr. Mr. Johannes P. Huth. We have concerns about the aggregate time commitments of Mr. Johannes P. Huth and therefore we recommend to OPPOSE.
Under agenda item 3f, it is proposed to reappoint Mr. Meurice as member of the Board of directors. Mr. Meurice is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. We have concerns over the remuneration and the transparancy of the remuneration report of NXP. The transparency of the remuneration report is below all standards. No information is provided with regard to pay levels, the design of the STI and LTI, nor actual performance compared to the targets. This way, shareholders cannot assess the variable remuneration paid out to the CEO or the used targets. Given these concerns, we recommend to OPPOSE the reappointment of Mr. Meurice.
Qualcomm and NXP have agreed that if the offer is declared unconditional, certain changes are to be made in the corporate governance structure of NXP. One of these changes concerns the composition of the Board of Directors, as also has been resolved upon in the 2017 EGM. Under agenda item 4a to 4f, it is proposed to renew the shareholder approval of appointment of the conditional members of the Board of Directors. As Qualcomm will become the sole shareholder of a delisted company, we agree with all proposed nominations, all the more since the resignations and appointments are conditional to the completion of the takeover.
Under agenda item 5b, the board asks for the authorisation to restrict or exclude the pre-emptive rights allowed to shareholders when issuing new shares. The authorisation to issue an additional 10% of the share capital in connection with mergers or acquisitions exceeds our guidelines. Therefore we recommend to OPPOSE.
NXP Semiconductors is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged as a global semiconductor company and a long-standing supplier in the industry. Co. provides High-Performance Mixed-Signal and Standard Product solutions. Co.'s product solutions are used in automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. Co. engages with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and sell products in all major geographic regions.
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We are maintaining our fair value estimates for the U.S.- and European-based chipmakers across our coverage despite reports from Bloomberg and elsewhere that leading U.S. tech and semiconductor firms, such as Google, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Intel, and Xilinx, have cut off supplying Huawei until further notice. Our valuations imply that the Huawei ban will be used as short-term leverage by the U.S. in ongoing negotiations with China involving tariffs and other trade negotiations. However, our models still assume that the ban won't last in the long term, as it would be highly destructive to technolo...
We are maintaining our fair value estimates for the U.S.- and European-based chipmakers across our coverage despite reports from Bloomberg and elsewhere that leading U.S. tech and semiconductor firms, such as Google, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Intel, and Xilinx, have cut off supplying Huawei until further notice. Our valuations imply that the Huawei ban will be used as short-term leverage by the U.S. in ongoing negotiations with China involving tariffs and other trade negotiations. However, our models ...
L'ensemble des rémunérations des dirigeants mandataires sociaux font l'objet des résolutions 6 à 11. La particularité d'Infotel est de présenter des politiques de rémunération ne comportant aucune part variable. Cette spécificité n'est pas en accord avec notre politique de vote. Toutefois, les mandataires sociaux dirigeants sont tous actionnaires à au moins 1,99% du capital et les montants sont raisonnables, ce qui atténue nos réserves et permet des recommandations positives. Les caractéristiques du conseil d'administration ne répondent pas à nos attentes en matière de gouvernance puisqu'il e...
Suite au transfert des titres de la Société sur Euronext Growth le 6 août 2018, la Société n’a plus d’obligation de se référer au Code de Gouvernance MIDDLENEXT auquel elle se référait depuis 2010 pour l’élaboration du rapport du Président sur le gouvernement d’entreprise, le contrôle interne et la gestion des risques prévu à l’article 225-37 du Code de Commerce et relatif à l’exercice clos le 31 décembre 2009. La société ne précise pas à quel code elle se réfère. Proxinvest avait déjà souligné l’année précédente que ce changement vers un marché moins règlementé était regrettable ; communicati...
Proxinvest veut attirer l'attentions sur quelques points majeures: D'une part, nous félicitons la Société pour la modification statutaire visant à réduire la durée du mandat des membres du Conseil de Surveillance de 6 à 3 ans. D'autre part, nous regrettons les montants des membres du Directoire (en cours) qui sont trop élevés par rapport à la médiane des rémunérations totales des dirigeants de leur indice. Enfin, nous encourageons la Société à améliorer le taux d'indépendance du Conseil, qui est pour le moment de seulement 25%.
Le conseil présente une majorité de membres non libres de conflits d'intérêts d’après Proxinvest à cause surtout de l’ancienneté des administrateurs qui dépasse notre seuil de 11 ans. Il est présidé par le Directeur général. Par ailleurs, les mandats d'une durée de 6 ans semblent trop longs car ils ne permettent pas aux actionnaires de se prononcer assez fréquemment sur la composition du conseil. Les différentes autorisations financières ne respectent pas la politique de vote de Proxinvest en termes de montants mais également en raison de leur possible utilisation en période d'offre publique. ...
ITEM 10: Benoit Bazin was designated Deputy CEO as of 1 January 2019. The company proposes therefore to approve its 2019 remuneration policy, as well as its post-employments benefits. Overall, his remuneration policy structure is more in line with our recommendations and amounts at stake are more moderate than the CEO’s. Thus we support it. Regarding his post-employments benefits, his severance indemnity and non-compete clause do not respect our Guidelines. However, his supplementary pension plan does. Thus, we support Item 12.
GOVERNANCE On 1 June 2018, Laurent Mignon left his position as Chief Executive Officer to become Chairman of the Management Board of BPCE, Natixis' main shareholder with 71% of the capital. He succeeded François Pérol as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Natixis and François Riahi became the new Chief Executive Officer. The Board remains composed of a majority of members who are not free of potential conflicts of interest, which makes it impossible to support most of the many co-optations and renewals proposed (resolutions 12 to 22). REMUNERATION Due to changes in governance, in a...
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