This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Activist: Yahoo! Vote Doesn't Add Up

Yahoo!'s (YHOO) shareholder vote last Friday had two scandals attached to it. The first you've likely heard about as it involved Yahoo! dramatically under-reporting (by more than 50% in some cases) how many of its shareholders voted "against" the re-election of several directors, including CEO Jerry Yang and Chairman Roy Bostock. However, you likely haven't heard of the second, which involves about 200 million shares (or 15% of the eligible shares) that appear to have never been counted in the latest voting results.

Yahoo! has been mired in controversy for nearly two years now, first with the release of the "Peanut Butter Memo" that aired a lot of internal dirty laundry, then Terry Semel's departure, and more recently the Microsoft (MSFT) and Carl Icahn chapters. Many expected last Friday's shareholder meeting in San Jose to be a raucous affair. There were some pointed questions (including a few asked by me) but not the "fireworks" many in the press expected. With that in mind, coupled with the rather favorable voting results released after the meeting, many commentators gave Yahoo! a thumbs-up for having seemingly stared down its critics.

The press release Yahoo! issued last Friday following its annual meeting suggested that shareholders had more strongly supported Yahoo!'s board compared to 2007. Yet, as I dug into the results over the weekend, it became clear to me that 200 million Yahoo! shares (on average) were not counted in this year's election compared to the 2007 and 2006 votes.

2008 Results

As per Friday's press release from Yahoo!, only 1,046,095,584 out of 1,381,008,701 possible shareholder votes (or 75.8%) were counted in this year's election. As you go through the release, you quickly notice that each of the total votes cast for each director and proposal sum to exactly 1,046,095,584 (or just over a billion) votes.

So, for example, Roy Bostock received 632,023,657 "for" votes and 414,071,927 "withhold" or "against" votes for a total of 1,046,095,584. This means, according to the press release, he received 60.4% of votes "for" his re-election and 39.6% of votes "against" his re-election.

1 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,165.11 +33.14 0.19%
S&P 500 2,000.14 +1.16 0.06%
NASDAQ 4,554.7860 +2.0270 0.04%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs