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If you hold your shares through a broker, bank, or other financial institution, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a New York Stock Exchange rule that changes the manner in which you will vote in the election of directors at our upcoming 2015 shareholder meeting.
In the past, you received proxy materials—either electronically or by mail—before each shareholder meeting. Alternatively, you may have received notice of the availability of these proxy materials. These materials are distributed so that investors who are not able to attend the shareholder meeting can designate persons to vote their shares in the manner they direct.
Before this year, if you did not transmit your voting instructions before a shareholder meeting, your broker was allowed to vote on your behalf in uncontested elections of directors and on other matters considered to be routine.
Effective on January 1, 2010, your broker will no longer be permitted to vote on your behalf in an election of directors. For your vote to be counted, you now will need to communicate your voting decisions—to your broker, bank, or other financial institution—before the date of the shareholder meeting.
To ensure that you are able to participate in our upcoming shareholder meeting (and in the shareholder meetings of other public companies in which you own shares), please review the proxy materials and follow the instructions on the Voting Instruction Form or Proxy Card to vote your shares. If you received notice of the availability of proxy materials, you will need to follow the instructions sent to you.
As a shareholder, you have the right to vote your shares on important matters that affect the company. Voting your shares is also important to ensure that our company meets the minimum quorum requirements for a shareholder meeting and avoids the need (and added expense) of having to reschedule a shareholder meeting.
As an owner of Rogers Corporation shares, it is your legal right to vote in the election of directors and on other matters to be considered at a shareholder meeting. We hope you will exercise your legal rights and fully participate as a shareholder in our company’s future.
You can vote in a number of ways. Before you vote, however you should review the proxy materials. You will typically receive your proxy materials directly, either receiving paper copies or, if you have agreed to electronic delivery, via email. You may also receive a notice that the proxy materials for a shareholder meeting are available for your review on an Internet website. The proxy materials generally include a proxy statement, an annual report, and a Voting Instruction Form or Proxy Card (depending on whether you hold the shares through a broker or directly with the company). These materials will discuss, among other things, the issues on which you can vote. In addition to the issues up for a vote, the proxy materials will also describe specifically how to vote your shares, including the following ways:
If you have any questions about this new rule or the proxy voting process in general, please contact the broker, bank, or other financial institution where you hold your shares. You may also contact our Investor Relations Department, by clicking on the following link: http://rogerscorp.com/ir/form_request.aspx.
Additionally, the SEC also has a website with more information about your rights as a shareholder: http://www.sec.gov/spotlight/proxymatters.shtml.