16 December 2019

Playtech’s latest pay proposals a raw deal for shareholders

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Margherita Orlandini, Corporate PR Manager, Royal London
Margherita Orlandini

Corporate PR Manager, Royal London

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Ahead of Playtech’s general meeting on 19 December, Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment at Royal London Asset Management commented:

“Playtech’s latest remuneration plan is a pretty raw deal for shareholders in our view. The scheme offers significant sums to the CEO for meeting share price targets below where Playtech’s shares traded ahead of their profit warning in July last year.

“We are also concerned by the structure of the plan, as each portion of options in the plan can vest after shares trade at a certain level for a single month during the performance period. Structures like this can potentially encourage management to prioritise short-term share performance over long-term value creation.

“Finally, it is unclear how the plan will be adjusted for any share buy-backs. We would encourage the Remuneration Committee to adopt best practice by including an adjustment mechanism and disclosing how this would work in practice.

“We will therefore be voting against this plan at the company’s upcoming general meeting.”

Royal London Asset Management holds around 0.46% of Playtech, worth £5.3m, in its index tracking funds.

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Margherita Orlandini, Corporate PR Manager, Royal London