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Safestore Holdings plc
16 March 2022
 

 

 

 16 March 2022

 

Safestore Holdings plc

("Safestore", "the Company" or "the Group")

 

Result of Annual General Meeting

 

 

Annual General Meeting

 

The 2022 Annual General Meeting of Safestore Holdings plc was held at midday today at the Company's registered office in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

 

All resolutions were passed by the requisite majority by way of a poll.

 

The following votes were cast in respect of the AGM resolutions:

 

 

 

Resolution

Votes For

%

Votes Against

%

 

Total Votes (excluding withheld)

% of Issued Share Capital Voted

Votes Withheld

1

To receive the Annual Report and Accounts

179,983,620

99.95%

89,581

0.05%

 

 

180,073,201

 

85.41%

439,111

2

To approve the Directors' Remuneration Report

129,213,061

72.15%

49,876,689

27.85%

 

               

 

  179,089,750

 

84.95%

1,422,562

3

To appoint Deloitte LLP as auditor

179,968,074

99.97%

52,526

0.03%

 

 

180,020,600

 

85.39%

491,712

4

To authorise the Directors to determine the auditors' remuneration

180,446,611

99.97%

48,989

0.03%

 

180,496,100

 

 

85.61%

16,712

5

To declare a final dividend of 12.7 pence per ordinary share

180,483,572

99.99%

12,528

0.01%

 

180,496,100

 

85.61%

16,212

6

To elect Laure Duhot

180,492,022

100.00%

2,225

0.00%

 

180,494,247

 

85.61%

18,065

7

To elect Delphine Mousseau as a Director

180,490,412

100.00%

2,335

0.00%

 

180,490,412

85.61%

19,565

8.

To re-elect David Hearn as a Director

170,061,250

94.22%

10,433,198

5.78%

 

180,494,448

85.61%

17,864

9.

To re-elect Frederic Vecchioli as a Director

180,472,661

99.99%

21,787

0.01%

 

180,494,448

85.61%

17,864

10

To re-elect Andy Jones as a Director

178,913,188

99.12%

1,581,260

0.88%

 

180,494,448

85.61%

17,864

11

To elect Gert van de Weerdhof as a Director

176,725,572

98.17%

3,292,376

1.83%

 

180,017,948

85.39%

494,364

12

To re-elect Ian Krieger as a Director

171,751,822

95.16%

8,742,626

4.84%

 

180,494,448

85.61%

17,864

13

To re-elect Claire Balmforth as a Director

176,601,980

97.84%

3,892,468

2.16%

 

180,494,448

 

85.61%

17,864

14

To authorise political donations and political expenditure

178,549,031

98.92%

1,945,266

1.08%

 

180,494,297

85.61%

18,015

15

To authorise the directors to allot relevant securities

154,765,715

85.75%

25,729,332

14.25%

 

180,495,047

85.61%

17,265

 

 

 

16

To adopt new Articles of Association

179,971,069

99.71%

523,228

0.29%

 

180,494,297

85.61%

18,015

17

To authorise the dis-application of pre-emption rights

179,736,784

99.58%

758,232

0.42%

 

180,495,016

 

85.61%

17,296

18

To authorise market purchases of ordinary shares

179,937,226

99.98%

33,570

0.02%

 

179,970,796

 

85.37%

541,516

19

To authorise general meetings  (other than annual general meetings) to be called on not less than 14 clear days' notice meetings

166,077,229

92.01%

14,418,840

7.99%

 

180,496,069

 

85.61%

16,243

 

Resolutions 1 to 15 were ordinary resolutions, requiring more than 50 per cent. of shareholders' votes to be cast in favour of the resolutions. Resolutions 16 to 19 were special resolutions, requiring at least 75 per cent. of shareholders' votes to be cast in favour of the resolutions.

 

Where shareholders appointed the Chairman of the meeting as their proxy with discretion as to voting, their votes were cast in favour of the resolutions and their shares have been included in the "votes for" column.

 

A "vote withheld" is not a vote in law and is not counted in the calculation of the percentages of votes cast for and against a resolution.

 

Commenting on the result of the AGM David Hearn, Chairman of Safestore said:

 

"The financial results for the year ended 31 October 2021 were a record set of results and a testament to the strength of Safestore's business model and management team. The business has delivered an exceptional trading performance with significant financial and strategic progress.  After an 85.62% turnout, I am pleased that all resolutions were duly passed and would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support.

 

Whilst we received strong support for the Directors' Remuneration Report (Resolution 2), it was only at 72%. The Board appreciates that the 2017 Remuneration Policy still continues to divide opinion amongst some shareholders, even though it was voted through in 2017.  Following recent shareholder engagement by myself and Ian Krieger as the Senior Independent Director, it is understood that some shareholders who voted against the 2017 Remuneration Policy at its inception have a policy to vote against all future remuneration reports that reflect the subsequent execution of it.  From specific conversations with some of our leading shareholders it is clear that their vote against the Remuneration Report does not reflect a vote against either the management or the Board and that they accept fully that the payouts reflect the outstanding value creation for all shareholders over the past five years which has been a significant benefit to all our stakeholders.

 

As such, this vote does not represent a vote against Safestore's current Remuneration Policy, which received over-whelming shareholder approval at Safestore's 2020 Annual General Meeting.

 

We will continue to engage with shareholders on remuneration and governance matters and are committed to consulting on an on-going basis regarding the formation of the next remuneration policy later this year. We expect to submit our next Remuneration Policy to shareholders for their approval at our AGM in 2023."

 

The current issued capital of Safestore Holdings plc is 210,827,104 ordinary shares.

 

In accordance with LR 9.6.2, copies of the resolutions passed as special business have been submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority's National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Instinctif Partners

Guy Scarborough

Bryn Woodward

020 7457 2020

 

Notes to editors:

 

·      Safestore is the UK's largest self-storage group with 162 stores at 31 January 2022, comprising 129 wholly owned stores in the UK (including 72 in London and the South East with the remainder in key metropolitan areas such as Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol), 29 wholly owned stores in the Paris region and 4 stores in Barcelona. In addition, the Group operates 10 stores in the Netherlands and 6 stores in Belgium under a joint venture agreement with Carlyle.

·      Safestore operates more self-storage sites inside the M25 and in central Paris than any competitor providing more proximity to customers in the wealthiest and more densely populated UK and French markets.

·      Safestore was founded in the UK in 1998. It acquired the French business "Une Pièce en Plus" ("UPP") in 2004 which was founded in 1998 by the current Safestore Group CEO Frederic Vecchioli.

·      Safestore has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2007. It entered the FTSE 250 index in October 2015.

·      The Group provides storage to around 80,000 personal and business customers.

·      As at 31 January 2022, Safestore had a maximum lettable area ("MLA") of 7.067 million sq ft (excluding the expansion pipeline stores, and the Carlyle Joint Venture) of which 5.708 million sq ft was occupied.

·      Safestore employs around 700 people in the UK, Paris and Barcelona.

 

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