The 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 10 November at 11.30 a.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR.
Results of AGM
Following the Annual General Meeting of the Company, the Board is pleased to announce that all the resolutions proposed at the meeting were passed on a show of hands.
A summary of the proxy votes validly received prior to the meeting on each resolution is set out below.
|Resolution||Total votes validly cast||Votes for (2)||Votes against||Votes withheld (3)|
|Number||% of issued ordinary share capital (1)|
|1||To receive the financial statements and directors' report, strategic report and auditor's report.||44,496,892||70.3||44,496,892||0||0|
|2||To approve the Directors' Remuneration Policy.||44,463,172||70.2||43,751,765||711,407||33,720|
|3||To approve the Board Report on Directors' Remuneration (excluding the Directors' Remuneration Policy).||44,463,303||70.2||43,759,416||703,887||33,589|
|4||To declare a final dividend of 11.53p.||44,496,892||70.3||44,496,892||0||0|
|5||To re-appoint David Justin Parker as a director.||44,492,692||70.3||44,492,660||32||4,200|
|6||To appoint KPMG LLP as auditor.||44,492,292||70.3||44,490,960||1,332||4600|
|7||To authorise the Audit Committee to determine the auditor's remuneration.||44,491,892||70.3||44,490,560||1,332||5,000|
|8||To approve the establishment of the Company's 2015 Performance Share Plan.||44,489,592||70.3||43,748,732||740,860||7,300|
|9||To authorise the directors to allot new shares.||44,496,892||70.3||44,483,904||12,988||0|
|10||To disapply statutory pre-emption rights on the issue of new shares for cash.||44,489,076||70.3||44,452,691||36,385||7,816|
|11||To retain a 14 clear days notice period for general meetings other than AGMs.||44,487,092||70.3||40,741,614||3,745,478||9,800|
(1) The number of ordinary shares in issue at 11.30 a.m. on 8 November 2015 was 63,294,833.
(2) Votes "for" include those votes giving the Chairman discretion.
(3) A vote withheld is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the votes for or against a resolution.