OKLAHOMA CITY, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) held its 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders today virtually via the internet in support of the health and well-being of all company stakeholders, including shareholders, company personnel and local communities.
Chairman, President and CEO Sean Trauschke began the meeting by thanking first responders and the company's employees for their diligent efforts to keep people safe during this difficult time.
"I want to take a moment to thank and honor the tireless and brave members of our company, our community and our country for keeping things running," Trauschke said. "We're committed to safety in every aspect of our business. And, like so many others, our members have risen to the challenge of COVID-19 and are successfully adapting work practices to ensure uninterrupted service to our customers -- all while protecting their own health and that of those around them. I'm very proud of their efforts these past few months."
Following brief opening comments, Trauschke moved to the business portion of the meeting. In voting announced at the meeting, OGE Energy shareholders:
- Elected 10 members of the company's board of directors to one-year terms. They are:
- Ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the company's principal independent accountants for 2020;
- Approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation paid to named executive officers.
- Did not approve an amendment of the Restated Certificate of Incorporation to eliminate supermajority voting provisions, as it received less than 80% of the outstanding shares of the Company's commons stock required for passage.
- The shareholder proposal regarding allowing written consent, received more than a majority of the votes cast but far less than the 80% of the outstanding shares that would be required to implement this provision.
Quarterly Dividend Declared
The OGE Energy board of directors also declared a third quarter dividend of $0.3875 per common share of stock, to be paid July 30, 2020, to shareholders of record July 10, 2020. The dividend was unchanged from the previous quarter. In September 2019, the company increased its dividend by approximately 6 percent. This year marks the 74th consecutive year OGE Energy has paid dividends to shareholders.
OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a regulated electric utility serving approximately 860,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. In addition, OGE holds a 25.5 percent limited partner interest and a 50 percent general partner interest of Enable Midstream Partners, LP.
Some of the matters discussed in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements are intended to be identified in this document by the words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project" and similar expressions. Actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including the availability of credit, access to existing lines of credit, access to the commercial paper markets, actions of rating agencies and their impact on capital expenditures; the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to access the capital markets and obtain financing on favorable terms as well as inflation rates and monetary fluctuations; the ability to obtain timely and sufficient rate relief to allow for recovery of items such as capital expenditures, fuel costs, operating costs, transmission costs and deferred expenditures; prices and availability of electricity, coal, natural gas and natural gas liquids ("NGLs"); the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas and NGLs, the competitive effects of the available pipeline capacity in the regions Enable serves, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, including the effects of these circumstances on re-contracting available capacity on Enable's interstate pipelines; the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas, particularly supplies available for gathering by Enable's gathering and processing business and transporting by Enable's interstate pipelines, including the impact of natural gas and NGLs prices on the level of drilling and production activities in the regions Enable serves; business conditions in the energy and natural gas midstream industries, including the demand for natural gas, NGLs, crude oil and midstream services; competitive factors including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by the Company; the impact on demand for our services resulting from cost-competitive advances in technology, such as distributed electricity generation and customer energy efficiency programs; technological developments, changing markets and other factors that result in competitive disadvantages and create the potential for impairment of existing assets; factors affecting utility operations such as unusual weather conditions; catastrophic weather-related damage; unscheduled generation outages, unusual maintenance or repairs; unanticipated changes to fossil fuel, natural gas or coal supply costs or availability due to higher demand, shortages, transportation problems or other developments; environmental incidents; or electric transmission or gas pipeline system constraints; availability and prices of raw materials for current and future construction projects; the effect of retroactive pricing of transactions in the SPP markets or adjustments in market pricing mechanisms by the SPP; federal or state legislation and regulatory decisions and initiatives that affect cost and investment recovery, have an impact on rate structures or affect the speed and degree to which competition enters the Company's markets; environmental laws, safety laws or other regulations that may impact the cost of operations or restrict or change the way the Company operates its facilities; changes in accounting standards, rules or guidelines; the discontinuance of accounting principles for certain types of rate-regulated activities; the cost of protecting assets against, or damage due to, terrorism or cyberattacks and other catastrophic events; creditworthiness of suppliers, customers and other contractual parties; social attitudes regarding the utility, natural gas and power industries; identification of suitable investment opportunities to enhance shareholder returns and achieve long-term financial objectives through business acquisitions and divestitures; increased pension and healthcare costs; the impact of extraordinary external events, such as the current pandemic health event resulting from COVID-19, and their collateral consequences, including extended disruption of economic activity in our markets; costs and other effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations, claims and matters; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with the Company's equity investment in Enable that the Company does not control; and other risk factors listed in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including those listed in Risk Factors in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
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