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Santam Limited’s Strong Governance Wins: Shareholder Confidence Soars Post-AGM

Santam Limited held its 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 28, 2024. The AGM was conducted entirely via electronic communication, reflecting the growing trend towards digital transformation in corporate governance. The results of the AGM are crucial for understanding the company’s strategic direction and shareholder sentiment.

Overview of Santam Limited

Santam Limited is a leading insurer in South Africa, known for its comprehensive range of insurance products and services. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) under the share code SNT. It also has listings on A2X and NSX, showcasing its regional influence.

AGM Voting Results

The AGM voting results are a reflection of shareholder confidence and the company’s governance practices. Below is a detailed analysis of the resolutions and voting outcomes.

Ordinary Resolutions

Appointment of KPMG as Auditor

The first resolution was to appoint KPMG as the independent external auditor for the 2024 financial year. The resolution passed with 99.90% votes in favor, indicating strong shareholder confidence in KPMG’s audit capabilities.

ResolutionVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
Appointment of KPMG as Auditor98,184,15197,2065,63098,281,35799.90%

Appointment of Additional Directors

The resolutions to appoint L Swartz and W Olivier as directors were also approved with substantial majorities. These appointments are crucial for strengthening the board’s expertise and oversight.

DirectorVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
L Swartz98,115,911165,4465,63098,281,35799.83%
W Olivier98,105,957175,4005,63098,281,35799.82%

Re-election of Non-Executive Directors

The re-election of non-executive directors, including D Loxton and M Chauke, ensures continuity in the board’s leadership. These directors play a vital role in providing independent oversight.

DirectorVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
D Loxton98,166,545114,8125,63098,281,35799.88%
M Chauke98,165,067116,2905,63098,281,35799.88%
P Hanratty97,157,4241,123,9335,63098,281,35798.86%
A Mukhuba98,100,930180,4275,63098,281,35799.82%

Election to Audit Committee

The election of independent non-executive directors to the Audit Committee is essential for maintaining financial integrity. All nominated members received overwhelming support.

MemberVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
P Speckmann98,126,582154,7755,63098,281,35799.84%
M Fandeso97,457,125824,2325,63098,281,35799.16%
D Loxton98,166,545114,8125,63098,281,35799.88%
M Chauke98,131,619149,7385,63098,281,35799.85%

Remuneration Policy and Implementation Report

The non-binding advisory votes on the company’s remuneration policy and implementation report were also passed. This indicates general satisfaction with the company’s compensation practices.

ResolutionVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
Remuneration Policy94,873,7993,406,9596,22998,280,75896.53%
Remuneration Implementation Report96,268,9092,011,8496,22998,280,75897.95%

Special Resolutions

Remuneration of Non-Executive Directors

The resolution to approve the remuneration of non-executive directors for their services from July 2024 to June 2025 was approved. This reflects the company’s commitment to fair compensation.

ResolutionVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
Remuneration of Non-Executive Directors96,531,4191,749,3396,22998,280,75898.22%

Authority to Acquire Company’s Shares

The resolution granting authority to acquire the company’s shares received strong support. This allows the company to manage its capital structure effectively.

ResolutionVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
Authority to Acquire Company’s Shares97,193,9751,086,1496,86398,280,12498.89%

Financial Assistance

The resolutions to provide financial assistance under Sections 44 and 45 of the Companies Act were approved. These resolutions are critical for the company’s operational flexibility.

ResolutionVotes ForVotes AgainstVotes AbstainedTotal VotesApproval Rate
Financial Assistance (Section 44)97,351,919928,8396,22998,280,75899.05%
Financial Assistance (Section 45)97,545,155736,2025,63098,281,35799.25%

Conclusion

The 2024 AGM of Santam Limited demonstrated strong shareholder support for the company’s strategic decisions and governance practices. All resolutions were passed with significant majorities, reflecting confidence in the company’s direction. The approval of key resolutions, such as the appointment of auditors, re-election of directors, and remuneration policies, indicates robust governance and shareholder alignment. These outcomes are expected to positively impact Santam’s operational stability and strategic execution in the coming year.