J-Power Wins Shareholder Vote on Payout, Defeats TCI

Bloomberg- J-Power shareholders defeated a proposal by U.K. hedge fund TCI for the company to double its dividend, ending a monthlong proxy battle and sending the stock to its biggest decline since February.

Shareholders of Electric Power Development Co., the official name of Japan’s largest power wholesaler, rejected all five proposals by the investment company including limiting cross- shareholdings and doubling the yearly dividend at the utility’s annual general meeting in Tokyo today. The investors approved the board’s proposal to raise the payout by 10 yen to 70 yen.

Today’s vote marks the end of a public spat between the utility and The Children’s Investment Fund Management (UK) LLP, as the utility’s largest shareholder is officially known. The verdict undermines efforts by an increasing number of foreign investors pushing Japanese companies to improve shareholder returns that are less than half of those in the U.S.

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