REIT Sector Gets Lower Marks on Pay Plans

The real estate investment trust (REIT) industry, which has received high marks in years’ past for adopting compensation programs that investors like, has suffered a bit of slippage in 2016. Since the first of the year, mall giant General Growth Properties Inc. and three other REITs have had pay plans rejected by shareholders in nonbinding votes. By contrast, just one REIT received such a drubbing last year. Meanwhile, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) recommended that investors vote against the compensation programs of 25 REITs this year — an increase from 14 last year. “The REIT industry as a whole has taken somewhat of a black eye because of a number of bad-acting, smaller companies that have not provided transparency at all,” concluded John Roe, head of advisory at ISS Corporate Solutions.

The real-estate investment trust industry, which has gotten high marks in recent years for adopting compensation programs that investors like, has suffered a bit of slippage in 2016.

So far this year, four REITs including mall giant General Growth Properties Inc. have had pay plans rejected by shareholders in nonbinding votes. By comparison, only one REIT received such a drubbing in 2015.  Full Article


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