Management (of) Proposals

64 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2018  

Ilona Babenko

Arizona State University

Goeun Choi

Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department

Rik Sen

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: April 3, 2018

Abstract

We study factors that motivate executives to put up new management proposals for shareholder voting and examine whether the voting process is biased. Using shareholder voting records from 2003 to 2015, we find that firms with tighter short-selling constraints and better recent performance launch more management proposals. Shareholder activism can also trigger management proposals, especially if shareholders target governance issues. However, we find evidence of manipulation of voting outcomes by management as the frequency of proposals receiving votes slightly above the passing threshold is three times higher than those slightly below. The manipulation is more pronounced for special meetings, firms with low institutional ownership and less independent boards, and for proposals with a negative ISS recommendation. We identify several mechanisms by which executives influence the voting outcome in their favor, such as meeting adjournment and selective campaigning.

Keywords: Corporate Voting, Management Proposals, Shareholder Proposals, Short-Selling Constraints

Suggested Citation

Babenko, Ilona and Choi, Goeun and Sen, Rik, Management (of) Proposals (April 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3155428 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3155428

Ilona Babenko (Contact Author)

Arizona State University ( email )

Department of Finance
W.P. Carey School of Business
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Goeun Choi

Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department ( email )

W. P. Carey School of Business
PO Box 873906
Tempe, AZ 85287-3906
United States

Rik Sen

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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