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3M Annual Meeting Highlights Year of Preparation, Progress and Performance in 2012
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
3M Annual Meeting Highlights Year of Preparation, Progress and Performance in 201213:00 EDT Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Business Wire) -- 3M Chairman, President and CEO Inge G. Thulin, highlighted 3M's progress toward realizing its vision and strategic objectives at today's Annual Meeting of Stockholders held at the River Centre in St. Paul.
Thulin discussed the company's efforts to improve portfolio prioritization, to better align its businesses with customers, and to increase investments in R&D to accelerate growth. “As we work to create the future of 3M, innovation remains at the center of our plan,” said Thulin.
Thulin told shareholders that the first quarter in 2013 produced solid results with sales at a record $7.6 billion. Earnings per share were up slightly year over year to $1.61. In the quarter, 3M returned $1.25 billion of cash to shareholders via dividends and share repurchases, and announced the company's 55th consecutive annual dividend increase.
“We are working to build an even stronger future for 3M,” said Thulin. “We will focus on fully realizing the opportunities before us, on winning in the marketplace, and on making 3M the driving force of innovation and success.”
Preliminary Shareholder Voting Results
3M shareholders today elected each of the 11 nominees to the company's Board of Directors for a one-year term that expires at the 2014 Annual Meeting by the vote of the majority of votes cast:
- Linda G. Alvarado, president and CEO, Alvarado Construction Inc.
- Vance D. Coffman, retired chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp.
- Michael L. Eskew, retired chairman and CEO, United Parcel Service Inc.
- W. James Farrell, retired chairman and CEO, Illinois Tool Works Inc.
- Herbert L. Henkel, operating partner, Advent International Corp.
- Muhtar A. Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
- Edward M. Liddy, partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC
- Robert S. Morrison, retired vice chairman, PepsiCo Inc., and former interim chairman and CEO, 3M
- Aulana L. Peters, retired partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
- Inge G. Thulin, chairman, president and CEO, 3M
- Robert J. Ulrich, retired chairman and CEO, Target Corp.
Shareholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as 3M's independent registered public accounting firm for 2013.
Shareholders approved, on an advisory basis, executive compensation.
Shareholders rejected the stockholder proposal on stockholder action by written consent.
Shareholders rejected the stockholder proposal on prohibiting political spending.
3M also will disclose the final voting results on each item of business properly presented at the Annual Meeting in its Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC.
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
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