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Title 3 . Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Chapter 8 . Land Sales
Section 345. Board solicitations

3 AAC 08.345. Board solicitations

(a) The solicitation of proxies on behalf of the board for an annual meeting must be preceded or accompanied by the annual report for the corporation's last fiscal year, unless

(1) the solicitation is made on behalf of the board before the annual report is available;

(2) solicitation is being made at the time in opposition to the board; and

(3) the board's proxy statement includes an undertaking to furnish the annual report to all shareholders being solicited at least 50 days before the date of the annual meeting.

(b) The solicitation of proxies on behalf of the board must be preceded or accompanied by a dated, written proxy statement including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) if action is to be taken on the election of directors, a description of each nominee of the board who has consented to act if elected and of each director whose term of office will continue after the shareholders' meeting; each description must include

(A) name, age and address;

(B) all positions and offices presently held with the corporation;

(C) remaining term in office as director and all other periods of service as a director;

(D) percentage attendance during the last fiscal year at meetings of the board, including regularly scheduled and special meetings, and meetings of committees on which he served, if he attended fewer than 75 percent of the aggregate of these meetings;

(E) the nature of any family relationship with any director, nominee or executive officer of the corporation and its subsidiaries;

(F) business experience during the past five years, including principal employment or occupation and employer;

(G) any of the following events which occurred during the past five years which are material to an evaluation of ability or integrity: voluntary or involuntary petition under any bankruptcy or insolvency laws, appointment of a receiver, conviction or plea of nolo contendere in a criminal proceeding, except traffic violations or other minor offenses, and the entry of any final judgment, order or decree, not subsequently reversed or vacated, that he engaged in unethical or illegal business practices or violated securities laws; and

(H) financial transactions by the corporation with any entity since the beginning of the corporation's last fiscal year and presently proposed financial transactions by the corporation with any entity if

(i) the transactions in the aggregate exceed $20,000; and

(ii) the nominee, director, or a member of his family is employed by, is an officer or director of, or owns, directly or indirectly, an interest in the entity;

(2) a statement of all current remuneration distributed or accrued and of all future remuneration contributed during the corporation's last fiscal year on behalf of

(A) each of the five most highly compensated directors or officers for his services in all capacities to the corporation and its subsidiaries, naming each such person; and

(B) all officers and directors as a group, stating the number of persons in the group without naming them; future remuneration contributed includes amounts which were reported in the corporation's annual report for the last fiscal year for annuity, pension or retirement plans and for deferred compensation or profit sharing plans; information need not be furnished regarding costs for ordinary and necessary business expenses or for personal benefits, group life, health, hospitalization, or medical reimbursement plans which do not discriminate in favor of officers or directors of the corporation and which are available generally to all salaried employees;

(3) a brief description of financial transactions by the corporation with any entity since the beginning of the corporation's last fiscal year and any presently proposed financial transactions by the corporation with any entity if

(A) the transactions in the aggregate exceed $20,000; and

(B) the executive officer or a member of his family is employed by, is an officer or director of, or owns, directly or indirectly, an interest in the entity;

(4) a brief description of all legal proceedings to which any director or executive officer is a party with interests adverse to the corporation or its subsidiaries;

(5) if action is to be taken on the election of directors or other matters for which the financial statements are material to the exercise of prudent judgment, a description of the corporation's relationship with its independent public accountants; this description must include

(A) the name of the principal accountant for the last fiscal year;

(B) a statement indicating whether representatives of the principal accountant are expected to be present at the meeting with the opportunity of making a statement, if they so desire, and with the responsibility of responding to appropriate questions;

(C) each professional service provided by the principal accountant and paid for by the corporation during the last fiscal year, such as preparation of corporate tax returns, preparation of personal tax returns, review of proposed corporate acquisitions, review of personal investments, or development of corporate data processing systems;

(D) the percentage relationship which the aggregate of the fees for all nonaudit services bears to the aggregate of fees for both audit and nonaudit services performed by the principal accountant and paid for by the corporation;

(E) each disagreement with the principal accountant in connection with audits of the last two fiscal years and any subsequent interim period if (i) the principal accountant has been changed since the date of publication or distribution of the proxy statement for the last annual meeting; and (ii)there have been disagreements on matters of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which, if not resolved to the satisfaction of the former principal accountant, would have caused him to make references to the disagreements in his audit report; the corporation must, at least 20 days before the date of publication or distribution of the proxy statement, furnish by certified mail its description of any disagreements to the former principal accountant; if the former principal accountant believes the description to be incorrect or incomplete, and if he forwards to the corporation, within 10 days of the date of his receipt of the corporation's description, a brief written statement of his view, the statement must be included in the corporation's proxy statement;

(6) a brief description of any arrangement, stating amounts, by which a director is compensated for all services as a director of the corporation and its subsidiaries, including any additional amounts payable for committee participation or special assignments; information need not be furnished regarding costs for ordinary and necessary business expenses or for personal benefits, group life, health, hospitalization, or medical reimbursement plans which do not discriminate in favor of officers or directors of the corporation and which are available generally to all salaried employees;

(7) a list of the board's committees, if any, performing audit, nominating and compensation functions, the membership of each committee, the number of meetings held by each committee during the last fiscal year, and a brief description of the functions actually performed by each committee;

(8) a brief description of the methods to be employed to solicit proxies, if other than by use of the mail, and a statement that solicitation is made on behalf of the board;

(9) a statement of the total amount estimated to be spent and the total already expended on the solicitation of proxies; expenditures include fees for attorneys, accountants, solicitors, and public relations or financial advisers and expenses for advertising, printing, transportation, litigation, or other expenses incidental to the solicitation; however, the following expenses may be excluded:

(A) the amounts which the corporation would normally spend on a solicitation for an election of directors in the absence of a contest; and

(B) the salaries and wages of regular employees and officers, if a statement to that effect is included in the proxy statement;

(10) a statement indicating who will bear the cost of solicitation and the total amount any participant, other than the board and the corporation, has contributed or has agreed to contribute, unless the participant is a contributor of less than $500 in the aggregate;

(11) a statement describing any formal procedure or deadline limiting the shareholder's rights to revoke a proxy before its exercise;

(12) a statement of the number of shares outstanding and entitled to be voted at the meeting;

(13) a statement of the date on which the record of shareholders entitled to vote at the meeting will be determined; if the right to vote is not limited to shareholders of record on that date, the solicitation must indicate the conditions under which other shareholders may be entitled to vote;

(14) if action is to be taken on the election of directors and if the shareholders have cumulative voting rights

(A) a statement that they have the rights; and

(B) a brief description of those rights;

(15) for each matter which is to be submitted to a vote of the shareholders, other than the election of directors, a description of the proposal and a statement of the vote required for its approval; for example, if action is to be taken on

(A) a proposed amendment to the articles of incorporation or bylaws, the description must include the reasons for and general effect of the amendment; or

(B) a proposed property transaction, the description must

(i) outline the material features of the proposed transaction;

(ii) state the nature and amount of consideration and, to the extent practicable, outline the facts which bear on the question of the fairness of consideration; and

(iii) state the name and address of the other party or parties to the proposed transaction and the nature of any material relationship of the party or parties to the corporation, its subsidiaries, officers, or directors; and

(16) a brief description of any substantial interest, direct or indirect, by shareholdings or otherwise, of each participant or executive officer in any matter to be acted upon at the meeting, unless the participant or executive officer owns shares in the corporation and would receive no extra or special benefit not shared on a pro rata basis by all other shareholders of the same class.

History: Eff. 1/4/81, Register 77; am 11/27/88, Register 108

Authority: AS 45.55.138

AS 45.55.139

AS 45.55.160

AS 45.55.240


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