Kingsdale Shareholder Services

December 02, 2014 08:00 ET

Kingsdale Shareholder Services Launches In-Sight™ Voting Analytics

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2014) - Kingsdale Shareholder Services, Canada's leading proxy solicitation and shareholder advisory firm, today announced the launch of In-Sight™ Voting Analytics, a new tool that will dramatically change the understanding public companies have of their shareholders' voting patterns and significantly improve the manner in which they respond to shareholders' interests.

Using proprietary research and a complex methodology, In-Sight™ Voting Analytics offers issuers insight into how and why institutional shareholders vote the way they do, with the goal of equipping companies to better meet the expectations of their largest owners.

"Companies told us they were frustrated by the gap in understanding they had with their largest investors and we developed the solution," said Kingsdale CEO and Founder, Wes Hall. "Many feel ill-equipped to meet the expectations of their shareholders because they don't know basic facts like how they voted in the past or what their internal policies and procedures are to determine a vote. We believe that if we can help issuers and investors speak the same language a lot of value can be created."

In-Sight™ Voting Analytics benefits:

  • Customized report detailing FOR, AGAINST and WITHHOLD votes based on data compiled from around the world
  • Predictive modeling of shareholder votes based on historical trend analysis
  • Vote records from over 1000 institutions and 20,000 funds
  • Customized governance profiles of shareholders
  • Scenario analysis of fund flexibility to ISS and GL recommendations and influence on top institutions
  • Understanding of how funds under the same family are voted separately and what can be done to manage those votes

The launch of In-Sight™ Voting Analytics marks the second significant advancement for Kingsdale in the last three months following the aggressive expansion of its strategic communications offerings with a focus on crisis prevention planning and crisis management.

"Our new product offerings are consistent with our goal of delivering the highest level of customer service possible. This means continuously striving to build the only end-to-end shareholder services company in Canada that provides client solutions that are efficient and drives seamless execution," Hall said.

About Kingsdale Shareholder Services:

Since 2003, public companies across North America have looked to the expertise of Kingsdale Shareholder Services to help them reach out to shareholders to secure votes for annual meeting agenda items and transactions. Kingsdale has been engaged by more issuers and in more proxy contests than all other advisors in Canada combined and acted on the majority of M&A transactions each year. As Canada's preeminent shareholder services firm, Kingsdale offers an array of specialized services including: strategic and defensive advisory, proxy solicitation, shareholder identification, information agent, depositary, governance advisory and proxy analytics, asset reclamation, corporate communications and stakeholder surveys.

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