Tag: shareholders

Vince Cable attacks excessive fat cat pay

Vince Cable attacks excessive fat cat pay

At his keynote speech to the Liberal Democrat conference, Business Secretary Vince Cable is today expected to say that shareholders should have more of a say when it comes to bonuses paid to executives. He is also expected to outline plans which will force firms to disclose their excessive pay packages. Mr Cable is expected […]

September 19, 2011 More
Bovis Homes optimistic as it resumes dividend

Bovis Homes optimistic as it resumes dividend

Housebuilder Bovis Homes has today issued a positive trading statement after saying it expects profits to be ahead of expectations for the 2010 year. The company, which is one of the smaller listed housebuilders, said it will also start paying dividends again to shareholders. Many housebuilders took a battering during the housing market slump and […]

January 14, 2011 More
Eric Daniels calls for Lloyds to keep HBOS

Eric Daniels calls for Lloyds to keep HBOS

Outgoing chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, Eric Daniels, is calling on the Government to allow the bank to keep HBOS. The controversial takeover, which occurred at the height of the financial crisis, could be scrapped if a Government investigation establishes it has damaged competition. Final recommendations with regard to the takeover will be known […]

November 25, 2010 More
Lloyds provides upbeat statement

Lloyds provides upbeat statement

Lloyds Banking Group, which is 41% owned by the taxpayer, has today provided an upbeat statement as it continues its recovery from the global financial crisis. The bank, which had to be bailed out in autumn 2008, said it remains on track to deliver a “good financial performance” for 2010 as it continues with its […]

November 2, 2010 More
Lloyds shareholders in protest meeting over HBOS takeover

Lloyds shareholders in protest meeting over HBOS takeover

The group, Lloyds Action Now, has been holding protest meetings after the group claims their savings were wiped out following the Lloyds Banking Group’s merger with HBOS. Lloyds TSB’s controversial takeover of HBOS took place at the height of the financial crisis and the group was renamed Lloyds Banking Group. The shareholder group, which was […]

October 24, 2010 More
Prudential counts the cost of failed AIA bid

Prudential counts the cost of failed AIA bid

British insurance giant Prudential has said the cost of its failed bid for AIA, the Asian arm of US company American International Group (AIG), is £377 million before tax relief. However, it is less than originally thought. Following the collapse of the deal, Pru said it faced costs of £450 million relating to the withdrawal […]

August 12, 2010 More
Shareholders suffer as dividend payments fall in 2010

Shareholders suffer as dividend payments fall in 2010

Research by Capita Registrars Dividend Monitor has revealed how shareholders will suffer this year due to a fall in dividend payments. Dividend payouts by London-listed companies will fall 6.5% in 2010, the company said, primarily due to the suspension of oil giant BP’s dividend. The research estimated British companies would pay £54.7 billion to shareholders […]

July 23, 2010 More
Former B&B shareholders will not receive compensation

Former B&B shareholders will not receive compensation

An independent valuer has said former shareholders of crisis-torn Bradford & Bingley (B&B) will not receive any compensation after it was split and sold. At the height of the financial crisis, B&B’s loan book was nationalised, while Spanish banking giant Santander took ownership of its savings business and branch network. B&B’s shares closed at 20p […]

July 6, 2010 More
Study reveals FTSE bosses enjoy 5% pay rise

Study reveals FTSE bosses enjoy 5% pay rise

Directors at FTSE 100 companies continue to see a rise in their salaries despite a fall in their share price. The Total Remuneration Survey 2010, conducted by pay consultancy MM&K and the proxy voting agency Manifest, shows chief execs at the UK’s top 100 listed companies have seen their pay rise 5% since 2008 – […]

July 5, 2010 More
Ethical funds to shun BP

Ethical funds to shun BP

The small number of ethical funds with investments in BP are considering pulling out of the beleaguered oil supplier – two months after the biggest oil spill in history began on BP’s watch. BP is a ‘light green’ company, meaning ethical investors buy shares in the firm to encourage it, as shareholders, to behave in […]

June 22, 2010 More
Lloyds shareholders could sue over HBOS takeover

Lloyds shareholders could sue over HBOS takeover

The Treasury and Lloyds senior executives could be sued over the controversial takeover of HBOS, which took place at the height of the financial crisis. An investor group called Lloyds Action Now, which was established a year ago, claimed investors were lured into voting for the takeover, while not being provided with all the relevant […]

June 7, 2010 More
Prudential has no plans for renewed AIA bid

Prudential has no plans for renewed AIA bid

British insurance giant Prudential has today said it has no plans for a renewed bid for AIA, the Asian arm of US company American International Group (AIG). The statement came after media reports today suggested that a fresh takeover deal was in the pipeline. Chad Tendler, Prudential’s Hong Kong-based spokesperson, told Reuters: “We remain highly […]

June 6, 2010 More
Prudential/AIA deal collapses

Prudential/AIA deal collapses

British insurance giant Prudential has abandoned its $35.5 billion (£24.6 billion) takeover of AIA, the Asian arm of US company American International Group (AIG). Several Prudential shareholders said they would not approve the takeover unless the Pru trimmed between $3 billion and $5 billion from the original price. Pru attempted to renegotiate the deal and […]

June 2, 2010 More
Prudential deal may be scrapped if price not right

Prudential deal may be scrapped if price not right

It has been reported over the weekend that insurance giant Prudential may call off the deal with AIA, the Asian arm of US company American International Group (AIG), if the price is not right. It emerged last week that Prudential, which is Britain’s second largest insurer, was renegotiating with AIA after investors were said to […]

May 30, 2010 More
RBS remuneration package to be high on the agenda at AGM

RBS remuneration package to be high on the agenda at AGM

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which is 84% owned by the Government, is set to unveil plans to toughen performance targets at its AGM in Edinburgh later this week, after consultations with shareholders. According to reports, RBS chairman, Sir Philip Hampton, is expected to agree that the share price target element of the long-term […]

April 26, 2010 More
Buffett confident of US housing market recovery

Buffett confident of US housing market recovery

Respected US billionaire investor Warren Buffett has said the problems in the US property market will be over within a year. In his annual letter to shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway, the investment group controlled by Mr Buffett, he said prices will remain ‘far below bubble levels’ for the medium term. He added: “People thought it […]

March 2, 2010 More
HSBC scraps big rise for its CEO

HSBC scraps big rise for its CEO

According to reports, banking giant HSBC has bowed to shareholder pressure and abandoned plans to raise its chief executive’s salary. The Financial Times said the bank had consulted shareholders on proposals to raise Michael Geoghegan’s salary by 36% to £1.4 million ($2.2 million). The FT also reported that the bank had planned to up the […]

February 24, 2010 More
Bank of America sued over Merrill Lynch takeover

Bank of America sued over Merrill Lynch takeover

US banking giant, Bank of America (BoA), has been sued by the New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, for defrauding investors and the Government over its takeover of Merrill Lynch. BoA, and two of its senior executives, Ken Lewis and Joseph Price, have been accused of “enormous fraud” on taxpayers and shareholders over the takeover […]

February 5, 2010 More
Cadbury shareholders vote in favour of Kraft takeover

Cadbury shareholders vote in favour of Kraft takeover

Cadbury shareholders have today voted in favour of the £11.5 billion ($18.9 billion) takeover deal from US giant, Kraft Foods. Today’s vote brings an end to Kraft’s five-month battle to take control of the 186-year-old British confectioner. Cadbury said it had received valid acceptances of the offer from shareholders representing 71.7% of the company. Commenting […]

February 2, 2010 More
Cadbury workers stage protest over jobs threat

Cadbury workers stage protest over jobs threat

Workers at British confectioner Cadbury are to stage a protest today in Bournville, Birmingham in a bid to urge shareholders to reject the takeover offer from US food giant, Kraft. Kraft, which is renowned for brands such as Kenco coffee and Oreo biscuits, made an offer of £11.7 billion last week which 186-year-old Cadbury agreed […]

January 27, 2010 More