Republic Services 8-K 2015
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): May 14, 2015 (May 14, 2015)
Republic Services, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (480) 627-2700
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
On May 14, 2015, Republic Services, Inc. ("Republic" or the “Company”) held its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The shareholders voted on the matters set forth below:
1. The nominees for election to the Board of Directors were elected, each for a one-year term, based upon the following votes:
2. The proposal to approve the compensation of the Company's named executive officers was approved based upon the following advisory, non-binding votes:
3. The proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2015 was approved based upon the following votes:
4. The shareholder proposal regarding proxy access was approved based upon the following votes:
An Arizona statute, on its face, applies to any public company that is headquartered in Arizona, has assets of at least $1 million in Arizona and has more than 500 Arizona employees. The statute provides that if a person or group acquires 20% or more of the stock of such a company, the shares in excess of the 20% threshold may not be voted on matters other than the election of directors (subject to limited exceptions). In a 2007 decision, a federal court in Arizona stated that the statute is unconstitutional and unenforceable in the case of an entity, like Republic, that is incorporated in Delaware. If the statute were deemed to be enforceable and applicable to us and to the shares of our common stock held by Cascade Investment, L.L.C. (“Cascade”) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust (the “Trust”) (who collectively held approximately 30.9% of our common stock as of the record date for the Annual Meeting), approximately 38.3 million fewer shares would have been voted for each of proposals two through four, but the outcome of the decisions on those matters would not have been impacted. The Company does not currently take any position regarding the enforceability of the statute or its application to us or the common stock voted by Cascade or by the Trust.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.