Category Archives: Companies

ISS, Glass Lewis Support Investors for Three Opioid Accountability Shareholder Proposals at AmerisourceBergen

Detroit, Michigan (February 14, 2018) Proxy advisory firms Institutional Investor Service (ISS) and Glass Lewis are supporting three shareholder proposals at AmerisourceBergen calling for board oversight of opioid business risks. The shareholder proposals were submitted by members of the Investors for Opioid Accountability (IOA), a coalition of 43 institutional investors with $2.2 trillion in assets co-led by Mercy Investment Services, Inc. and the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. The proposals will be voted on by investors at AmerisourceBergen’s March 1, 2018 annual shareholder meeting. read more

Activist Investor Challenges Executive Pay Accounting at T-Mobile

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 27, 2017: Earlier today, the CtW Investment Group petitioned the SEC to require T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) to provide a clear and comprehensible description of the methods used to calculate the performance metrics for executive pay – including the non-GAAP metrics – and to explain how those metrics result in the bonus actually paid.

Dieter Waizenegger, Executive Director of the CtW Investment Group said, “Investors rely on T-Mobile to provide clear and intelligible disclosures. In this case, the company has done neither. That’s why we’re taking the extraordinary step of bringing this matter to the SEC.” read more

Shareholder Vote at Urban Outfitters Reveals Waning Confidence in Board

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30, 2017 – After years of declining performance, low independence and poor board diversity, shareholders demonstrated a waning confidence in the board of Urban Outfitters (NYSE: URBN), with 30.5% of outside shareholders opposing the reelection of director Robert H. Strouse, and 64.5% of outside shareholder in opposition to Harry S. Cherken. The sizable opposition votes came from major public funds, including CalSTRS and Norges Bank.

The level of opposition is high given that the average opposition votes for the Russell 3000 is 3.8% year to date, and insider ownership constitutes approximately 35% of shares outstanding. These results reflect years of low shareholder support levels for both Strouse and Cherken, who received 11.3% and 37.9% opposition in 2016 and 20.7% and 39.6% opposition in 2015, respectively.
“This is a clear vote of no confidence in the board’s composition and the company’s broken nomination process,” said Dieter Waizenegger, Executive Director of the CtW Investment Group who had urged investors of Urban Outfitters to vote against long-tenured directors. read more