In this edition

Our Meeting Services team have analysed the results of over 1,800 meetings facilitated by Link Group in 2019. We have reviewed key voting patterns which point to some interesting observations on how investors view the companies they are investing in.

In our latest report, we examine the trends that have emerged from this season as shareholders make their presence felt on key issues through increased activism and dissent.

In a year of heightened awareness of climate change, global investor discourse is becoming more focused on ESG matters and again this year we observe investor demands for more ‘transparency and accountability’ in company governance.

With changes afoot to support greater engagement through technology, the number of hybrid AGMs Link Group facilitated in 2019 rose by 22% to a record number of online participants, highlighting the growing trend toward this technology.

Our insights are based on analysing the data obtained from the activities we undertake on behalf of our clients. Our teams in Investor Relations, Share Plans, Company Secretarial and Governance are here to help you navigate your next meeting. With 94% of clients surveyed rating our AGM management as either very good or excellent, we are confident that our services can fit your needs as well as your investors’.

Connecting people to their assets is core to our business at Link. We hope you enjoy the insights from our Meeting Services team.

We hope you enjoy the insights from our Meeting Services team at Link Group.

Voting Voting Read more   Clients within the S&P/ASX 200 had the highest percentage of holders lodging a vote at 5.6%. This is consistent with previous years, except for 2018. Polling and Attendance Polling and Attendance Read more   All Link clients in the S&P/ASX 100 conducted a poll at their AGM with 92.14% taking all resolutions to poll. Polling was also high in the S&P/ASX 200 with 94.29% conducting a poll at their AGM. Shareholder Interaction Shareholder Interaction Read more   The number of clients offering questions increased in the S&P/ASX 200 but dropped in the other indices. These questions give our clients insight into the topics that may be raised at the AGM and give them a chance to prepare. Remuneration Resolution Remuneration Resolution Read more   This year we looked at the spread of the ‘For' vote for the Remuneration Resolution. Companies in the S&P/ASX 200 have the most support from their holder base with 78.79% receiving a ‘For' vote of 90%+. AGM Season Wrap AGM Season Wrap Read more   2019 was another busy year for Link Group's meeting team, running 691 meetings and ballots. Client Engagement Survey Client Engagement Survey Read more   As part of Link's ongoing commitment to innovate and improve our service delivery, we engaged with our clients in January 2020 via our client engagement survey to seek insights. Hybrid Meetings Held in Australia Hybrid Meetings Held in Australia Read more   In 2019 we saw a rise in the number of Australian clients wanting to increase investor engagement and encourage investor participation at their AGM by using Link Group's hybrid meeting technology. International AGM Landscape International AGM Landscape Read more   This year we put a spotlight on the AGM landscape in the UK, Germany, India and New Zealand. National Venue List National Venue List Read more   The full list of available national venues are shown here. Organise a venue in your state and join in the conversation, you can even participate online through our virtual meeting platform.