Update on review of remuneration policy
26 September 2019
Micro Focus International plc
Update on review of remuneration policy
At the AGM on 29 March 2019, 50.4 percent of shareholders voted against the resolution to approve the Remuneration Report. A statement was released the same day with details of the AGM vote and noting that "we acknowledge and respect the concerns of our shareholders and have already committed to undertake a thorough review of our reward strategy this year with the objective of putting a new policy to shareholders at the 2020 AGM. The remuneration committee will continue to consult closely with shareholders throughout this process and reflect very carefully on any issues that they raise."
The purpose of this announcement is to provide a further update on the views received from shareholders, the actions taken and the intended further action.
We have engaged widely with shareholders, both following the announcement of the SUSE disposal in July 2018 and in the months following publication of the 2018 Annual Report. There was a wide range of shareholder views. A number of our larger shareholders supported the decisions we had made, recognising that these were in response to concerns they had raised regarding stability of the management team and driving the focus to deliver our 2020 Business Plan. However, other shareholders raised concerns, which included the following main issues:
· the changes made in September last year to the ASG awards made following the HPE Software acquisition in September 2017;
· the overall structure of our incentive arrangements, including the combination of ASGs and LTIPs, the use of single performance measures for the annual bonus and LTIP, a perceived lack of stretch in targets and the absence of a 5-year vest and hold period for the LTIP; and
· the additional LTIP award made to the CFO as part of his recruitment package.
Since the AGM in March 2019, the Board has undertaken a detailed review of all of the feedback received from our shareholders and proxy agencies on the 2018 Remuneration Report.
As a result, we have concluded that we will need to propose a number of changes in our new remuneration policy which will be put to shareholders at the 2020 AGM. The proposed new remuneration policy will also be developed alongside the strategic review, which the Company announced on 29 August 2019 to ensure that it supports the Company's strategy.
We will be consulting widely with our shareholders over the coming months to further understand their views to ensure that these, together with the latest corporate governance requirements, are reflected in the new remuneration policy.
A summary of this consultation process will be included in the 2019 Remuneration Report.
Micro Focus Tel: +44 (0)1635 32646
Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman [email protected]
Stephen Murdoch, CEO
Brian McArthur-Muscroft, CFO
Ben Donnelly, Investor relations
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Sarah West [email protected]
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