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Redrow PLC - Result of AGM

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Redrow PLC
06 November 2019
 

Redrow plc

6 November 2019

RESULT OF AGM

Redrow plc (the "Company") held its annual general meeting ("AGM") earlier today at the offices of Instinctif Partners, 1st Floor, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ. All resolutions put to the meeting were voted on by way of a poll and the results of the poll are set out below.

For shareholders' information, the current issued share capital of the Company is 352,190,420 ordinary shares and shareholders are entitled to one vote per share held.



Votes For (inc. discretionary)

Votes Against

Votes Total (exc. Votes Withheld)



Resolution

No. of shares

%

No. of shares

%

No. of
shares

%

Votes Withheld (1)

1

To receive the 2019 Directors' and Auditors' reports and financial statements

278,407,595

99.96

99,694

0.04

278,507,289

79.08

1,227,886

2

To approve the final dividend

279,735,174

100.00

2

0.00

279,735,176

79.43

0

3

To re-appoint John Tutte

190,306,836

68.62

87,030,405

31.38

277,337,241

78.75

2,397,934

4

To appoint Matthew Pratt

275,245,594

98.45

4,338,755

1.55

279,584,349

79.38

150,827

5

To re-appoint Barbara Richmond

273,889,474

97.96

5,697,246

2.04

279,586,720

79.39

148,456

6

To re-appoint Nick Hewson

271,621,383

97.15

7,962,528

2.85

279,583,911

79.38

148,408

6(2)

To re-appoint Nick Hewson

164,281,127

95.38

7,962,528

4.62

172,243,655

70.35

148,408

7

To re-appoint Sir Michael Lyons

276,332,728

98.97

2,871,771

1.03

279,204,499

79.28

530,676

7(2)

To re-appoint Sir Michael Lyons

168,992,472

98.33

2,871,771

1.67

171,864,243

70.20

530,676

8

To re-appoint Vanda Murray

276,625,152

98.94

2,960,030

1.06

279,585,182

79.38

147,137

8(2)

To re-appoint Vanda Murray

169,284,896

98.28

2,960,030

1.72

172,244,926

70.35

147,137

9

To appoint KPMG LLP as Auditors

278,922,184

99.76

660,447

0.24

279,582,631

79.38

152,545

10

To authorise the Directors to determine the Auditors fees

278,789,116

99.67

936,604

0.33

279,725,720

79.42

6,480

11

To approve the Directors' remuneration report

193,706,106

69.61

84,585,769

30.39

278,291,875

79.02

1,443,300

12

To give the Directors authority to allot shares in the Company

275,900,800

98.63

3,821,540

1.37

279,722,340

79.42

12,836

13

To dis-apply pre-emption rights (general power)

279,444,715

99.90

273,891

0.10

279,718,606

79.42

16,570

14

To dis-apply pre-emption rights (additional power for financing specific transactions)

275,331,219

98.43

4,386,067

1.57

279,717,286

79.42

17,889

15

To approve the calling of general meetings on 14 days' notice

272,735,598

97.50

6,995,107

2.50

279,730,705

79.43

4,471

 

(1)           A 'vote withheld' is not a vote in law and is not counted in the proportion of votes 'for' or 'against' a resolution.  All percentages are calculated to two decimal places

 

(2)           In accordance with the Listing Rules, resolutions 6, 7 and 8 must be approved by a simple majority of all shareholders and by a simple majority of the independent shareholders, 6(2), 7(2) and 8(2) above sets out the results of the independent shareholder vote.

 

As set out above, all resolutions put to the meeting were passed.  The Company notes, however, that a number of shareholders voted against resolution 3 (the appointment of John Tutte as Executive Chairman), for which 68.62% of votes cast were in favour, and resolution 11 (approval of the directors' remuneration report), for which 69.61% of votes cast were in favour.

Resolution 3

At the time of John Tutte's appointment, the Board recognised that it was not considered best practice to appoint a Chief Executive to the role of Executive Chairman. However, as more fully explained in the Company's annual report, the Board believed, and continues to believe, that circumstances necessitated continuity and that John's appointment was therefore in the best interests of the Company. Moreover, following Steve Morgan's retirement in March 2019, John's appointment allows for an eventual transition to a more conventional board structure.

The Board will keep the current arrangements under review and will continue to discuss them with shareholders.

Resolution 11

The Board understands that the 2020 LTIP award (which has targets below those set for the 2019 award) and the LTIP payment made to Steve Morgan are the key contributing factors to the votes against this resolution.

For the 2020 LTIP, the relevant targets set a stretch EPS target for the year ending June 2022 that is 25% above that achieved in the year ended June 2019. Furthermore, the ROCE stretch target has been set at 25.4% compared to an outturn of 28.5% for 2019, which the Board considers to be exceptional and not sustainable. The Board is satisfied that the targets are appropriate taking into account the challenges the business faces, including from the planned changes to the Help to Buy scheme in April 2021, and strike the right balance between ambition and deliverability.

Steve Morgan's LTIP award that vested in September 2019, was pro-rated to reflect his length of service up until his leaving at the end of March 2019 rather than the shortened period of time he was in service as an executive having transitioned to non-executive in October 2017. Steve's transition in October 2017 was not a leaving event, and as such, when he retired in March 2019 he was treated as a 'good leaver' under the scheme. This approach was consistent with that applied for the award made to him that vested in September 2018 when shareholders voted 99.35% in favour of the resolution.

The Board will review future LTIP targets, measures and rules as part of the forthcoming review of the Company's Remuneration Policy that will be subject to shareholder approval in 2020 and, as with resolution 3, the Board will continue its dialogue with shareholders in relation to these matters.

We appreciate and thank our shareholders for the constructive feedback we have received.

The payment date of the dividend approved by resolution 2 will be 13 November 2019.

In compliance with Listing Rule 9.6.2R, copies of resolutions 12, 13, 14 and 15 have been forwarded to the UK Listing Authority for publication through the National Storage Mechanism where they will shortly be available for inspection at www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/NSM.

Results of the poll can also be viewed on the Company's website at http://investors.redrowplc.co.uk/shareholder-information.

 

Graham Cope
Company Secretary
01244 520044

 

 

 

 

LEI Number:
2138008WJZBBA7EYEL28

Announcement Classification:
3.1: Additional regulated information required to be disclosed under the laws of a Member State


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