Corporate Governance

AIM Corporate Governance is proven to be important for investors and the share price.

73% of AIM investors agree that good corporate governance is increasingly important.

FTSE AIM 100 companies that had a majority of Non-Executive Directors on their board saw their share price increase by an average of 22% per annum between 2010 and 2013.

Larger AIM companies are increasingly adopting the UK Corporate Governance Code, whilst an increasing number of small AIM companies are following the QCA Corporate Governance Code

Requirements

As an AIM company it is a responsibility to adopt corporate governance measures as appropriate for the business.

  • Disclosure on a company’s website of the corporate governance code applied, details of how it is applied and if no code is adopted to state this with current corporate governance arrangements
  • UK Corporate Governance Code / QCA Corporate Governance Code considered as best practice but not a requirement.

Areas of good disclosure

  • Description and work of each board committee and its role
  • Information about the identity and suitability of executive and non-executive directors and their committee membership
  • Responsibilities and accountability of each committee.

Areas requiring further focus

  • Evaluation of how procedures have evolved from previous years and the action taken
  • Lack of clear articulation of how the company’s corporate governance structures and behaviour support the long-term strategy and success of the company
  • Reasons explaining why a non-executive director is considered to be independent
  • Investors feared a potential conflict where the company secretary was also a director.

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Sources: London Stock Exchange. Data taken from Baker Tilly “Taking AIM Report 2012 and 2013”, Practical Law Company “Corporate Governance Analysis”, Edward Drummond & Co research, “QCA & UHY Hacker Young Corporate Governance Report 2013.