Evasive Shareholder Meetings

Yuanzhi Li

Temple University - Department of Finance

David Yermack

New York University (NYU) - Stern School of Business

June 15, 2014

We study the location and timing of annual shareholder meetings. When companies move their annual meetings a great distance from headquarters, they tend to announce disappointing earnings results and experience pronounced stock market underperformance in the months after the meeting. Companies appear to schedule meetings in remote locations when the managers have private, adverse information about future performance and wish to discourage scrutiny by shareholders, activists, and the media. However, shareholders do not appear to decode this signal, since the disclosure of meeting locations leads to little immediate stock price reaction. We find that voter participation drops when meetings are held at unusual hours, even though most voting is done electronically during a period of weeks before the meeting convenes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: Shareholder meetings, corporate voting

JEL Classification: G34, K22

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Date posted: March 17, 2014 ; Last revised: June 15, 2014

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Li, Yuanzhi and Yermack, David, Evasive Shareholder Meetings (June 15, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2409627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2409627

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Yuanzhi Li
Temple University - Department of Finance ( email )
Fox School of Business and Management
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

David Yermack (Contact Author)
New York University (NYU) - Stern School of Business ( email )
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