Accounting and Control

Proxy Advisory Firms and Stock Option Repricing

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This paper examines the economic consequences associated with the board of director's choice of whether to adhere to proxy advisory firm policies in the design of stock option repricing programs. Proxy advisors provide research and voting recommendations to institutional investors on issues subject to a shareholder vote. Since many institutional investors follow the recommendations of proxy advisors in their voting, proxy advisor policies are an important consideration for corporate boards in the development of programs that require shareholder approval such as stock option repricing programs. Using a comprehensive sample of stock option repricings announced between 2004 and 2009, we find that repricing firms following the restrictive policies of proxy advisors exhibit statistically lower market reactions to the repricing, lower operating performance, and higher employee turnover. These results are consistent with the conclusion that proxy advisory firm recommendations regarding stock option repricings are not value increasing for shareholders.
Bibliographic citation: Larcker D. F.; McCall, Allan L.; Ormazábal, Gaizka, "Proxy Advisory Firms and Stock Option Repricing", Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 56, No. 2-3, 2013, pp 149 - 169

Reference: 10.1016/j.jacceco.2013.05.003 (DOI)
Date: 11/2013
Author(s): Larcker D. F.; McCall, Allan L.; Ormazábal, Gaizka
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Languages: English