Proxy voting

Maple-Brown Abbott has a strong history of incorporating governance, including proxy voting, into our investment process. It is our policy to vote on all proxy resolutions at all shareholder meetings for shares that we directly hold on behalf of our clients. We acknowledge however, that in some jurisdictions we may not receive timely notification of the proxy resolutions. We will not “abstain” from any resolution unless we are prevented from lodging an “against” vote by regulations in the company’s country of domicile or unless there is insufficient information on which to make an informed decision.

Voting recommendations are made after consideration of all relevant information, and may include consultation with the company and proxy advisers, for further information. The guiding principle in reaching the voting decision is what, in our opinion, is in the best interests of our clients as shareholders. For Australian investments, where our voting recommendation is counter to the Board, each analyst will provide a written explanation justifying their voting recommendation.


Proxy voting outcomes for the Australian Equity Trust

The table below shows how we have exercised our vote for Australian-listed shares held in the Maple-Brown Abbott Australian Equity Trust (including those held via the Maple-Brown Abbott Small Companies Trust) for FY2017. In accordance with our proxy voting policy we voted on all resolutions put to us for the year in question.

  Meetings Resolutions Voted For Voted Against Abstained
Number 55 308 292 16 0
% 100 100 95 5 0

Please note that the data above has been adjusted for shareholder sponsored resolutions. Of the 16 “against” votes, 44% related to the re-election of a director, 50% related to executive remuneration and 6% related to other corporate governance.

Proxy voting outcomes for the Small Companies Value Fund

The table below shows how we have exercised our vote for Australian-listed shares held in the Maple-Brown Abbott Small Companies Value Fund for FY2017. In accordance with our proxy voting policy we voted on all resolutions put to us for the year in question.

  Meetings Resolutions Voted For Voted Against Abstained
Number 29 157 144 13 0
% 100 100 92 8 0

Please note that the data above has been adjusted for shareholder sponsored resolutions. Of the 13 “against” votes, 46% related to the re-election of a director and 56% related to executive remuneration.

Proxy voting outcomes for the Asian Investment Trust

The table below shows how we have exercised our vote for Asian listed shares held in the Asian Investment Trust for FY2017.

  Meetings Resolutions Voted For Voted Against Abstained
Number 70 573 537 30 6
% 100 100 94 5 1

Please note that the data above has been adjusted for shareholder sponsored resolutions. Of the 30 "against" votes, 3% related to the remuneration and 97% related to other governance issues.

Proxy voting outcomes for the Global Listed Infrastructure Fund

The table below shows how we have exercised our vote for global listed infrastructure securities held in the Maple-Brown Abbott Global Listed Infrastructure Fund for FY2017.

  Meetings Resolutions Voted For Voted Against Abstained
Number 34 358 351 7 0
% 100 100 98 2 0

Please note that the data above has been adjusted for shareholder sponsored resolutions. Of the 7 “against” votes, 29% related to the re-election of a director, 29% related to remuneration and 42% related to other governance issues.