Gannett Co., Inc.
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
 
June 7, 2021
 
 

Gannett Co., Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
001-36097
38-3910250
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 

7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia
 
22107-0910
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code
(703) 854-6000
 

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share
GCI
New York Stock Exchange
Preferred Stock Purchase Rights
N/A
New York Stock Exchange
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
Emerging growth company
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
 


Item 5.07
Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

At the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of Gannett Co., Inc. (the “Company”), held on June 7, 2021, the stockholders of the Company voted on the matters described below.

As of April 15, 2021, the record date for the Annual Meeting, holders of 142,544,454 shares of common stock of the Company were entitled to vote.

Proposal 1.  The Company’s stockholders elected the following nine director nominees to serve until the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Director Nominees
 
Votes For
 
Votes Withheld
 
Broker Non-Votes*
Vinayak R. Hegde
 
89,412,953
 
  2,690,818
 
19,524,880
Theodore P. Janulis
 
83,501,056
 
  8,602,715
 
19,524,880
John Jeffry Louis III
 
89,012,377
 
  3,091,394
 
19,524,880
Maria M. Miller
 
84,772,610
 
  7,331,161
 
19,524,880
Michael E. Reed
 
88,976,775
 
  3,126,996
 
19,524,880
Debra A. Sandler
 
89,121,642
 
  2,982,129
 
19,524,880
Kevin M. Sheehan
 
73,055,186
 
19,048,585
 
19,524,880
Laurence Tarica
 
89,448,034
 
  2,655,737
 
19,524,880
Barbara W. Wall
 
89,454,161
 
  2,649,610
 
19,524,880

Proposal 2.  The Company’s stockholders ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
111,055,167
 
497,990
 
75,494

Proposal 3.  The Company’s stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, the Company’s executive compensation. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
 
Broker Non-Votes*
77,112,420
 
14,642,111
 
349,240
 
19,524,880

Proposal 4.  The Company's stockholders approved, on an advisory basis, that future say-on-pay votes should occur every year. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

1 Year
 
2 Years
 
3 Years
 
Abstain
 
Broker Non-Votes*
86,872,769
 
186,862
 
4,824,401
 
219,739
 
19,524,880

In accordance with the frequency receiving the majority of votes cast, the Company’s Board of Directors has determined that the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation will occur every year until the next required vote or until the Board of Directors otherwise determines that a different frequency for such votes is in the best interests of the Company’s stockholders. The next required advisory vote on the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation will take place no later than the 2027 annual meeting of stockholders.


Proposal 5.  The Company’s stockholders did not approve an amendment to the Amended and Restated Bylaws to implement majority voting in uncontested director elections. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
 
Broker Non-Votes*
90,309,479
 
1,676,192
 
118,100
 
19,524,880

Proposal 6a.  The Company’s stockholders did not approve amendments to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate the supermajority voting requirement to amend certain provisions of the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
 
Broker Non-Votes*
89,219,083
 
2,695,404
 
189,284
 
19,524,880

Proposal 6b. The Company’s stockholders did not approve amendments to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws to eliminate the supermajority voting requirements to amend the Amended and Restated Bylaws. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
 
Broker Non-Votes*
89,210,528
 
2,691,525
 
201,718
 
19,524,880

Proposal 6c.  The Company’s stockholders did not approve amendments to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws to eliminate the supermajority voting requirements to remove directors and to appoint directors in the event that the entire Board of Directors is removed. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
 
Broker Non-Votes*
89,293,479
 
2,618,219
 
192,073
 
19,524,880

Proposal 7. The Company’s stockholders approved the Rights Agreement, dated April 6, 2020, between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC designed to preserve the value of certain tax assets associated with the Company’s net operating losses under Section 382  of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The results of the vote are summarized in the table below.

Votes For
 
Votes Against
 
Abstentions
 
Broker Non-Votes*
80,442,021
 
11,513,775
 
147,975
 
19,524,880

* Broker non-votes are instances where a broker holding shares of record for a beneficial owner does not vote the shares because it has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner and therefore is precluded by the rules of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) from voting on a particular matter. Under NYSE rules, when a broker holding shares in “street name” does not receive voting instructions from a beneficial owner, the broker has discretionary authority to vote on certain routine matters but is prohibited from voting on non-routine matters. Brokers who did not receive instructions were entitled to vote on the ratification of the appointment of the independent registered public accounting firm but not entitled to vote on any other proposals at the Annual Meeting.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 
GANNETT CO., INC.
   
   
Date:  June 8, 2021
By:
/s/ Michael E. Reed
 
Michael E. Reed
 
Chief Executive Officer and President