Proxy advisory firm Egan-Jones advised Apple Inc shareholders on Friday to reject activist investor Carl Icahn’s demand that the iPhone maker expand its stock buyback program, a proposal that will be put to a vote this month.
“The board and management team have demonstrated a strong commitment to returning capital to shareholders over the past two years,” the firm, the smallest of the three major proxy advisory outfits, said in a report obtained by Reuters on Friday.
Icahn is waging a campaign to get Apple to return more cash to shareholders and has filed a resolution proposing that it gives back $50 billion more through share buybacks. That proposal will be put to a vote at Apple’s Feb 28 shareholders’ meeting.
(Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Bernadette Baum)