How AGMs were handled in 2020 during corona virus

This list tracks the 2020 AGM mini-season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jul. 21, 2020

Transcript of 2019 Macquarie AGM exchanges

Here is an edited transcript of the exchanges from last Thursday's Macquarie Group AGM in Sydney.

Jul. 29, 2019

AGM mini season 2019

A chronological look at what happened during the 1999 AGM mini season.

May. 22, 2019

Our favourite AGM audio exchanges

Below is a package of some of favourite AGM audio highlights from the period 2007 until 2010.

Dec. 31, 2018

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.

Jan. 1, 2019

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.

Dec. 31, 2018

Controversial withdrawn resolutions at Aussie AGMs

Not enough resolutions are rejected by shareholders but here is a list of those that have been, often because they were facing impending defeat.

Apr. 28, 2019

Multiple AGM battles: Rupert, Fairfax, Macquarie, Alumina

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.

May. 10, 2019

Women on boards debate transcripts

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

Dec. 31, 2018

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

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. 31, 2018

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

Fairfax Media drama at 2012 AGM

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

Apr. 16, 2019

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.

Dec. 31, 2018

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

Examples of lively AGM exchanges

Here are some interesting AGM exchanges from public company AGMS.

Nov. 22, 2014

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

Full list of AGMs attended

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

Nov. 22, 2014

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.

Dec. 31, 2018

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.

May. 7, 2020

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

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

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