Voting Policy

Mirae Asset Global Investments (India) Pvt. Ltd. (Mirae AMC) is the asset management company for Mirae Asset Mutual Fund. In this role, Mirae AMC has an obligation to act in the best interests of the Funds. This responsibility includes exercising the voting rights attached to securities held by the Funds. It is the policy of Mirae AMC to exercise the voting rights of the Funds in accordance with the best interests of the Funds.

This Policy contains the principles that form the basis of all votes. Mirae AMC believes that these principles are essential to ensure the long-term performance of assets managed by Mirae AMC. Mirae AMC will manage voting rights with the same level of care and skill as it manages the funds. In general, Mirae AMC does not have the intention to participate directly or indirectly in the management of the companies but it will use its influence as a shareholder amongst others by exercising its voting rights in accordance with the best interests of its funds unit holders.

The exercise of voting rights requires the ongoing review of the corporate governance and performance of management of an issuer and the consideration of the potential impact of a vote on the value of the securities of the issuer held by the Funds. In order to discharge its obligations under this policy, Mirae AMC accesses and utilizes research on management performance and corporate governance issues, drawn from portfolio manager and analyst due diligence, information provided by leading independent research firms and involvement in organizations.

What does voting right mean?

Voting Right means, the right of a stockholder to vote on matters of corporate policy. Voting often involves decisions on issuing securities, initiating corporate actions and making substantial changes in the corporation's operations such as the election of the company's directors, merger / amalgamations, appointment of auditors, etc.

Equity mutual funds, and other mutual funds with an equity component, hold shares of companies. The funds are entitled to exercise the voting rights attached to those shares. The shareholders do not necessarily need to be physically present at the site of the company's annual meeting / extra-ordinary general meeting in order to exercise their right to vote. It is common for shareholders to voice their vote by proxy.

Procedure for use of Proxy Voting Guidelines

A decision to invest in an issuer is based in part on a fund manager's analysis of the performance of management and the corporate governance of the issuer. Since a decision to invest is generally an endorsement of management of the issuer, Mirae AMC will generally vote with management on routine matters. However, since a fund manager must be focused on shareholder value on an ongoing basis, it is the responsibility of the fund manager to be aware of the potential investment implications of any issue on which security holders are asked to vote.

The Guidelines indicate the principles of corporate governance which the Funds will generally support through the exercise of proxy votes.

While Mirae AMC will generally vote the Funds' proxies strictly in accordance with the Funds' Proxy Voting Guidelines, there may be circumstances where it believes it is in the best interests of a Fund to vote differently than the manner contemplated by the Guidelines. The ultimate decision as to the manner in which the Funds' proxies will be voted rests with Mirae AMC.

The Head of Equity / Senior Fund Manager – Equity of Mirae AMC is responsible for exercising the voting rights or authorizing any representative to exercise the voting rights.

Proxy Voting Guidelines

Issuers' proxies most frequently contain proposals to elect corporate directors, to appoint external auditors and set their compensation, to adopt or amend management compensation plans, and to amend the capitalization of the company.

The Company shall exercise votes in the direction of improving the economic value of the portfolio and protecting the rights of the unitholders considering the following factors:

  • Boards of directors
    Mirae AMC supports resolutions that promote the effectiveness of boards in acting in the best interests of shareholders. It generally votes in favour of the election of directors for boards having a majority of independent directors and an independent chair, where the chairs of all board committees and at least a majority of committee members are independent.
  • Corporate governance matters
    Mirae AMC support resolutions that change the state of incorporation, merger and other corporate restructuring which are in the interest of the unitholders. However, Mirae AMC will vote against resolutions pertaining to takeover by an acquirer, etc which are against the interest of the unit holder.
  • Auditors and auditor compensation
    Where all members of an issuer's audit committee are independent, Mirae AMC will generally support the election of directors, the appointment of auditors and the approval of the recommended auditor compensation.
  • Management compensation The goal of Mirae AMC is to support compensation arrangements that are tied to long-term corporate performance and shareholder value. These arrangements should induce management to purchase and hold equity in the company to better align management's interests with those of shareholders. Stock option plans that are overly generous or excessively dilutive to other shareholders will not be supported.
  • Changes in capitalization
    Mirae AMC recognizes the need for management of an issuer to have flexibility in the issue or buyback of shares to meet changing financial conditions. Changes in capitalization will generally be supported where a reasonable need for the change is demonstrated, however changes resulting in excessive dilution of existing shareholder value will not be supported.
  • Social and corporate responsibility issues
    Mirae AMC recognizes the need of role of government, demands for greater disclosures, increased investor education, environmental benefits, benefits to the community and the general public.

The Company shall exercise votes in the direction of improving the economic value of the portfolio and protecting the rights of the unitholders considering the following factors:

  • Boards of directors
    Mirae AMC supports resolutions that promote the effectiveness of boards in acting in the best interests of shareholders. It generally votes in favour of the election of directors for boards having a majority of independent directors and an independent chair, where the chairs of all board committees and at least a majority of committee members are independent.
  • Corporate governance matters
    Mirae AMC support resolutions that change the state of incorporation, merger and other corporate restructuring which are in the interest of the unitholders. However, Mirae AMC will vote against resolutions pertaining to takeover by an acquirer, etc which are against the interest of the unit holder.
  • Auditors and auditor compensation
    Where all members of an issuer's audit committee are independent, Mirae AMC will generally support the election of directors, the appointment of auditors and the approval of the recommended auditor compensation.
  • Management compensation The goal of Mirae AMC is to support compensation arrangements that are tied to long-term corporate performance and shareholder value. These arrangements should induce management to purchase and hold equity in the company to better align management's interests with those of shareholders. Stock option plans that are overly generous or excessively dilutive to other shareholders will not be supported.
  • Changes in capitalization
    Mirae AMC recognizes the need for management of an issuer to have flexibility in the issue or buyback of shares to meet changing financial conditions. Changes in capitalization will generally be supported where a reasonable need for the change is demonstrated, however changes resulting in excessive dilution of existing shareholder value will not be supported.
  • Social and corporate responsibility issues
    Mirae AMC recognizes the need of role of government, demands for greater disclosures, increased investor education, environmental benefits, benefits to the community and the general public.

Other issues, including those business issues specific to the issuer or those raised by shareholders of the issuer, are addressed on a case-by-case basis with a focus on the potential impact of the vote on shareholder value. Mirae AMC reserves the right to vote against any resolution that goes against the interest of its unit holders.

Proxy Voting Records

In this section, you can find out how voting rights were exercised on behalf of the Mirae AMC that held voting securities. To view records for the period from April 01, 2013 to March 31, 2014 click here. And to view records for the period from 1st April 2013 onwards click here.

Conflict of interest provision

Voting is exercised in the exclusive interest of holders. All votes are centralized, which ensures uniformity and adherence to the aforementioned principles. The strict separation of Mirae AMC's asset management activities from other activities within the Mirae Asset Financial Group prevents access of the asset management company to insider and price sensitive information for which use and/or disclosure of such information could generate conflicts of interest.

Additionally, Mirae AMC has implemented an organization, procedures and appropriate controls and monitoring routines in order to prevent conflict of interest.