AGMs

Rupert in 2007

The triumphant update sent out a few hours after the News Corp AGM.

Jun. 23, 2018

Withdrawn resolutions at Aussie AGMs

Not enough resolutions are rejected by shareholders but here is a list of those that have been.

Jan. 26, 2017

Fairfax Media drama at 2012 AGM

Here is the AGM report from the dramatic 2012 Fairfax Media AGM.

Nov. 3, 2016

Special edition after 2007 News Corp AGM

The triumphant update sent out a few hours after the News Corp AGM.

Oct. 26, 2016

Transcripts of the big Westfield clashes of 2014

Here is an edited transcript of the two Westfield meetings held in 2014 when the proposed controversial restructure was eventually deferred after looking like being headed for a narrow defeat.

Jun. 7, 2016

Biggest protest votes in 2015

This list tracks the biggest and most interesting protest votes at ASX-listed AGMs in calendar 2015.

Dec. 17, 2015

Last day laggards in main 2014 AGM season

This list tracks the voting results from June 30 balance date companies which held their AGM on the last possible day, November 28, 2014.

Dec. 4, 2014

100+ favourite AGMs since 1999

Here is a list of AGMs where Stephen Mayne has asked questions as a shareholder or proxy since it all began way back in October 1998, complete with links to stories written at the time and any relevant media coverage.

Jan. 7, 2015

AGMs we've asked questions at since 1998

Here is a list of AGMs where Stephen Mayne has asked questions as a shareholder or proxy since it all began way back in October 1998, complete with links to stories written at the time and any relevant media coverage.

Dec. 20, 2015

Examples of lively AGM exchanges

Here are some interesting AGM exchanges from public company AGMS.

Nov. 22, 2014

Our favourite AGM audio exchanges

Below is a package of favourite AGM highlights since we launched The Mayne Report in 2007. They are largely snappy 2-3 minute affairs and well worth a listen.

Jun. 6, 2018

Companies which clarify rem ahead of AGM vote

This list looks at companies which put out an ASX announcement clarifying an aspect of their remuneration arrangements shortly before an AGM, usually at the prompting of proxy advisers or major institutional investors.

Dec. 17, 2015

Great AGM sledges and response to our questions

Here are a few of our favourite sledges from AGMs and elsewhere over the past 15 years.

Dec. 2, 2018

Chronological roll-out of second strike outcomes in 2012 AGM season

This list tracks the voting outcomes in the 2012 AGM season for companies facing a "second strike" on their remuneration report.

Dec. 6, 2015

AGM preview on News Corp

Jan. 8, 2012

Women on boards debate transcripts

Below is a collection of transcripts of our questions and responses about gender diversity on Australian public company boards.

Mar. 3, 2012

Raising lack of women on boards

Women only represent 10% of directors on major public company boards in Australia. This is a disgrace and here are the audio files, links and transcripts where we've raised the issue.

Mar. 3, 2012

Full list of AGMs attended

Here are the lists of the AGMs we've attended since 1998.

Nov. 22, 2014

Transcript from Fairfax AGM debate on Middle East coverage

Here is a partial transcript related to Middle Eastern coverage from the Fairfax Media AGM held in Melbourne on November 10, 2010.

Nov. 24, 2010

Multiple AGM battles

We've put together this package of companies where we have had more than three encounters over the years. News Corp and Macquarie are equal favorites with eight AGMs attended.

Nov. 18, 2010

2010 year in review

Here is a summary of 2010 in another big years for news.

Dec. 16, 2010

Top 12 2009 AGMs

We only attended 43 AGMs in 2009 including five board tilts without success. Below is a chronological list of the best 12 AGMs of 2009 based on the quality or mood of the debate.

May. 3, 2010

Questions on capital raising fairness at AGMs

Amidst the biggest deluge of capital raisings in Australian corporate history, we have been raising serious questions about the fairness of the system at AGMs as follows. Click on the links below.

Dec. 14, 2010

Getting auditors to speak at AGMs

Below is a compilation of audio files from various AGMs over the years where auditors have been asked to comment on the accounts.

Nov. 8, 2010

Bruce Teele

Here is a package where we have debated with Bruce Teele over the years.

Oct. 6, 2010

2009: 43 AGMs attended

Here is a list of the 43 AGMs we attended in 2009, plus links to the reports and audio where available.

Jul. 7, 2010

2008: a record 66 AGMs attended

Here is a list of the record 66 AGMs we attended in 2008, plus links to the reports and audio where available.

By Stephen Mayne, Jun. 15, 2010

2007: a record 53 AGMs attended

We've been raising debate at AGMs for 10 years now but 2007 was our busiest ever year with 52 companies hit with questions and comments about their operations. This is how the year progressed, starting with the most recent encounters.

By Stephen Mayne, Jan. 12, 2010

Ranking the top 50 on webcasting archives

Here is an attempt to rank the 50 largest Australian companies for the quality and completeness of their AGM webcasting and archiving. They are ranked from best to worst.

Aug. 23, 2010

AGMs attended but said nothing at

With the world's biggest small portfolio and the luxury of our own publication, there is no problem speaking at AGMs these days. However, as a regular reporter for mainstream newspapers and someone who was almost financially ruined there were plenty of meetings over the years which I attended but didn't ask questions at. Here is a list of them, along with any relevent reports from the day.

By Stephen Mayne, Nov. 22, 2014

The AGMs I really regret missing

Here is a list of some AGMs that I really regret missing over the years, with links to press reports that explain why.

By Stephen Mayne, Dec. 2, 2018

AGM transcripts provided so far

We've been slowly emailing companies asking them to send through transcripts from past AGMs which has produced the following so far.

Aug. 23, 2010

Is the AGM dead?

This article appeared in the Chartered Secretaries Australia magazine in 2006.

By Stephen Mayne, Nov. 22, 2014

How an AGM should be run

This was first published by Crikey in 2000, but has resonance today as we strive to improve public company AGMs.

By Stephen Mayne, Dec. 26, 2007

How we saved IAG $300 million

Shareholder activism, and journalism for that matter, is all about trying to change outcomes for the better and this tale is one of the Mayne Report's proudest boasts, because it really does seem that we helped save the shareholders of Insurance Australia Group $300 million.

By Jason Groves, Nov. 22, 2014

The documents behind Rupert's pay-TV piracy battle

Charlie Ergen's Echostar recently sued News Corp affiliate NDS for $US1 billion alleging an incredible piracy conspiracy, but a jury recently awarded a paultry $US1500. Here are all the key documents which must have caused Rupert some sleepless nights, given the remarkable claims of espionage, deceit, theft and double-dealing.

By Stephen Mayne, May. 29, 2008

Jousting with the colourful HFA and MFS boys

Listed Australian asset manager HFA Holdings has agreed to pay $730 million for a US hedge fund called Lighthouse Partners such that the combined operation will look after $9 billion globally.

Jan. 8, 2008

Robert Reeves vs ANZ - the slugfest continues

The ding dong struggle between Robert Reeves and his former colleagues at the ANZ bank continues.

Nov. 22, 2014

Timbercorp one of the best AGMs ever

This is the report sent to Mayne Report subscribers hours after the Timbercorp AGM finished on February 21, 2008.

Dec. 4, 2008

2001 Channel Ten AGM account

This account of the Channel Ten AGM was sent to Crikey subscribers on December 5, 2001.

Nov. 22, 2014

Progress report on getting AGM records

We're getting towards the end of our exercise in writing to companies asking for transcripts or audio files from old AGMs, so that this book project will accurately tell the tale of what happened at some 300-plus AGMs over the years. Here's a progress report thus far:

Nov. 22, 2014

The biggest votes against directors

Incumbent directors in Australia average around 96% of votes when they are up for re-election. Here is a slightly dated list of directors who received a protest vote exceeding 10%.

Dec. 6, 2015

Belting up on the Gunns cowboys

We gave Gunns plenty of stick at their AGM in Launceston on Thursday as you can see from this piece sent to Mayne Report subscribers early on Friday morning.

By Stephen Mayne, Nov. 6, 2015

Battling with Westfield legend Frank Lowy in 1999

Taking on Westfield boss Frank Lowy in 1999 produced this account for www.jeffed.com.

By Stephen Mayne, Dec. 6, 2015

Taking on Rupert Murdoch in New York in 2005

After 53 years in Australia, Rupert Murdoch shifted News Corp to the US in November 2004. And after seven straight AGMs tussling with Rupert in Adelaide, Stephen Mayne travelled to New York for the 2005 AGM, just when the controversy over the News Corp poison pill was raging. This was the account of the meeting sent to Crikey subscribers.

By Stephen Mayne, Dec. 6, 2015

Sticking it to John "Singo" Singleton in 2001

Stephen Mayne took on John Singleton at his AGM in May 2001 and this is what was sent to Crikey subscribers at the time.

By Stephen Mayne, Dec. 6, 2015