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crikey's take on cph meeting

  1. cerhob

    18,560 Posts.

    Courtesy Crikey news:


    James Packer faced his first ever dissident shareholder meeting today when
    135 unitholders in CPH Investments triggered this morning's gathering in
    Sydney to vote on 7 resolutions demanding better disclosure and the
    winding up of the investment vehicle.

    Not surprisingly, the Packers defeated the push but a couple of the
    resolution were supported by 21 per cent of shares voted.

    Justin McMurray was there for Crikey and will have a more detailed account
    of the meeting for tomorrow but it was interesting that the Packers
    revealed that Chris Cuffe had been hired by the Packers personally, rather
    than CPHI.

    This is a bit like the way Rod Eddington was a News Corp employee when he
    ran Ansett even though Rupert only had 50 per cent of the business.

    James was pretty surly when facing questions from the Mann brothers who
    were both polite and spoke on each of the resolutions.

    James whinged about the cost of the meeting and stressed that the proposed
    Challenger merger would give CPHI new life.

    He kept on reading out the proxies and pointing out that he'd be voting
    undirected proxies against each resolution even before the debate, which
    Stephen Matthews from the ASA pointed out was inappropriate. James finally
    changed his ways for the last resolution.

    If Australia had the same rules as the US, shareholders could who own
    $US2000 worth of shares could get resolutions up at AGMs. Instead, you
    need 100 shareholders to sign the requisition.

    Crikey thinks it should be made more difficult to call an EGM, but much
    easier for shareholders to get resolutions on the notice of meeting for


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