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Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Vistry Group PLC

Result of AGM

RNS Number : 5132N
Vistry Group PLC
20 May 2020
 

Vistry Group PLC - Result of AGM

At the Vistry Group PLC ('Company') 2020 Annual General Meeting ('AGM') held on Wednesday 20 May 2020, all resolutions put to the AGM were voted on by poll and were passed by shareholders. The results will be available shortly on the Company's website www.vistrygroup.co.uk .

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.2, copies of the special business resolutions 14 to 18 passed at the AGM and the new Articles of Association are being submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism

For information, the results of the poll voting are given below: 

RESOLUTION 

VOTES
FOR

%

VOTES
AGAINST

%

VOTES
TOTAL

% of ISC VOTED

VOTES
WITHHELD

1 To receive the audited accounts of the Company for the year ended 31 December 2019 and the reports of the directors and auditors.

151,572,971

93.29

10,897,579

6.71

162,470,550

74.62%

362,215

2 To approve the directors' remuneration report.

91,729,684

56.35

71,056,516

43.65

162,786,200

74.76%

46,561

3 To re-appoint Ian Paul Tyler as a director of the Company.

138,461,720

93.10

10,265,789

6.90

148,727,509

68.30%

14,105,252

4 To re-appoint Margaret Christine Browne as a director of the Company.

162,058,327

99.54

749,010

0.46

162,807,337

74.77%

25,425

5 To re-appoint Ralph Graham Findlay as a director of the Company.

160,953,735

98.86

1,849,504

1.14

162,803,239

74.77%

29,523

6 To re-appoint Nigel Keen as a director of the Company.

160,992,913

98.89

1,814,484

1.11

162,807,397

74.77%

25,365

7 To re-appoint Michael John Stansfield as a director of the Company.

161,938,107

99.47

868,638

0.53

162,806,745

74.77%

26,017

8 To re-appoint Katherine Innes Ker as a director of the Company.

153,389,269

94.21

9,419,090

5.79

162,808,359

74.77%

24,327

9 To re-appoint Gregory Paul Fitzgerald as a director of the Company.

162,531,635

99.83

279,481

0.17

162,811,116

74.77%

21,646

10 To re-appoint Earl Sibley as a director of the Company.

161,834,758

99.40

972,777

0.60

162,807,535

74.77%

25,227

11 To re-appoint Graham Prothero as a director of the Company.

162,361,683

99.73

434,205

0.27

162,795,888

74.76%

36,874

12 To re-appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as auditors of the Company.

158,839,218

98.07

3,129,304

1.93

161,968,522

74.38%

864,240

13 To authorise the directors to determine the remuneration of the auditors.

152,232,910

93.99

9,733,517

6.01

161,966,427

74.38%

866,334

14 Authority to allot shares.

158,500,573

97.34

4,325,670

2.66

162,826,243

74.78%

6,519

15 To adopt new Articles of Association

162,752,874

99.97

55,020

0.03

162,807,894

74.77%

24,868

16 To allow a general meeting other than an Annual General Meeting to be called on not less than 14 clear days' notice.

156,789,219

96.30

6,032,365

3.70

162,821,584

74.78%

11,178

17 Authority to disapply pre-emption rights.

161,660,037

99.29

1,158,947

0.71

162,818,984

74.78%

13,778

18 Authority to purchase own shares.

159,419,874

98.11

3,077,084

1.89

162,496,958

74.63%

335,804

The issued share capital at the date of the AGM was 217,744,395 ordinary shares of 50p each.

A 'vote withheld' is not a vote in law and has not been counted in the calculation of votes for and against.

The Board is pleased that all of the resolutions put to shareholders at the AGM were passed. However, the Board recognises that a significant minority opposed resolution 2 being the 2019 Annual Remuneration Report.

Our initial engagement with shareholders opposed indicates that their principle concern is the increase in the CFO's base salary from 1 January 2020, the repositioning of which was notified to shareholders in the Circular dated November 2019 which set out the basis of the Group's acquisition of Galliford Try's housing businesses and which reflected his base salary's pre-existing and material shortfall to the market.  Before COVID-19 related reductions, both his new base salary and total compensation package were almost exactly in line with the median of UK listed housebuilders.  As a consequence of the COVID 19 pandemic, the base salaries of all directors and senior executives, including the CFO, were voluntarily reduced by 20% with effect from 1 April 2020 and the CFO's base salary is now lower than the level paid in 2019.

In line with the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code, we will continue to engage with those shareholders opposed and will provide an update on the views received and actions taken in response no later than in six months' time.

 


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