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Custodian REIT plc : Results of Annual General Meeting

Custodian REIT plc (CREI)
Custodian REIT plc : Results of Annual General Meeting

01-Sep-2020 / 15:07 GMT/BST
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1 September 2020

Custodian REIT plc

 

("Custodian REIT" or "the Company")

 

Results of Annual General Meeting

 

Custodian REIT (LSE: CREI), the UK commercial real estate investment company, is pleased to announce that following the Annual General Meeting of the Company held earlier today, all resolutions were approved on a poll.  A summary of the results of the poll are set out below:

 

 

Resolution

Votes for

% of votes cast

Votes against

% of votes cast

Votes withheld*

ORDINARY RESOLUTIONS

1

To receive and adopt the Company's report and accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2020

92,493,225

99.95

41,828

0.05

252,245

2

To approve the directors' remuneration policy

92,745,470

99.95

41,828

0.05

0

3

To approve the directors' remuneration report to 31 March 2020

92,787,299

100

0

0

0

4

To elect Hazel Adams as a director

92,787,299

100

0

0

0

5

To re-elect Barry Gordon Gilbertson as a director

92,447,882

99.63

339,417

0.37

0

6

To re-elect David Ian Hunter as a director

70,940,823

76.46

21,846,475

23.54

0

7

To re-elect Ian Thomas Mattioli as a director

69,886,118

75.32

22,901,180

24.68

0

8

To re-elect Matthew Wadman John Thorne as a director

92,447,882

99.63

339,417

0.37

0

9

To re-appoint Deloitte LLP as auditor to the Company

92,787,299

100

0

0

0

10

To authorise the directors to agree and fix the auditor's remuneration

92,725,934

99.93

61,365

0.07

0

11

To grant the directors authority to allot ordinary shares in the capital of the Company

90,941,177

98.01

1,846,122

1.99

0

12

To approve the amended Investment Policy

92,787,299

100

0

0

0

SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS

13

To disapply statutory pre-emption rights on the allotment of ordinary shares in the capital of the Company

82,648,186

89.07

10,139,112

10.93

0

14

To further disapply the statutory pre-emption rights on the allotment of Ordinary Shares

81,060,943

87.36

11,726,355

12.64

0

15

To authorise the Company to make market purchases of ordinary shares of £0.01 each in the capital of the Company

92,487,305

99.74

238,628

0.26

61,365

16

That a general meeting, other than an annual general meeting, may be called on not less than 14 clear days' notice

86,712,641

93.52

6,006,876

6.48

0

 

*NB: The percentage of votes cast for and against excludes withheld votes.

 

In relation to resolutions 6 and 7 to re-elect David Hunter and Ian Mattioli as Directors of the Company the Board understands, based on contact from proxy voting agencies prior to the AGM, that the votes received against their re-election relate specifically to David's role as Chair of the Nominations Committee and Ian's position as non-independent Director.  Due to a 22% turnout, votes against resolutions 6 and 7 comprised only 5% of shareholders.

 

The gender diversity recommendations of the Hampton-Alexander Review are for at least 33% female representation on listed company boards.  Importantly, the recommendation only applies to FTSE350 companies, whereas the Company is a constituent of the FTSESmallCap Index, where no such recommendations apply.  However, with the appointment of Hazel Adam during the past year, the female representation on the Board is 20%.  The Board recognises the value and importance of diversity in the boardroom and steps are already being taken to increase female representation on the Board through delivery of the Company's succession plan.  More information on succession will be set out in the Company's Interim Report for the period ending 30 September 2020.

 

Ian Mattioli is Chief Executive of Mattioli Woods plc, the parent company of the Company's Investment Manager, and is a director of the Investment Manager, and as a result is not independent.  Ian is not a member of the Company's Audit and Risk, Remuneration or Management Engagement Committees and does not participate in setting the fees paid to the Investment Manager.  The Corporate Governance Guide for Investment Companies states a majority of the Board should be independent of the Investment Manager with no more than one employee of the Investment Manager on the Board, and the Company complies with this guidance as Ian is the Company's only non-independent Director.  The Board believes Ian's experience and perspective representing one of its substantial shareholders adds significant value to the Company.

 

The Investment Manager will continue to seek feedback on these issues through its regular engagement with shareholders.

 

The Company confirms that copies of all resolutions passed at the Annual General Meeting will be submitted to the National Storage Mechanism (NSM) at https://marketoversight.fca.org.uk and will shortly be available for viewing.

 

- Ends -

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Custodian Capital Limited

 

Richard Shepherd-Cross / Ed Moore / Ian Mattioli MBE

Tel: +44 (0)116 240 8740

 

www.custodiancapital.com

 

Numis Securities Limited

 

Hugh Jonathan/Nathan Brown

Tel: +44 (0)20 7260 1000

 

www.numiscorp.com

 

Camarco

 

Ed Gascoigne-Pees

Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 4984

 

www.camarco.co.uk

 



ISIN: GB00BJFLFT45
Category Code: AGM
TIDM: CREI
OAM Categories: 3.1. Additional regulated information required to be disclosed under the laws of a Member State
Sequence No.: 83337
EQS News ID: 1126243

 
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