Johnson & Johnson
JOHNSON & JOHNSON (Form: 8-K, Received: 05/01/2017 15:03:11)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  April 27, 2017


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(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

New Jersey
I-3215
22-1024240
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey  08933
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  732-524-0400

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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
(a)    The annual meeting of the shareholders of the company was held on April 27, 2017.
(b)    At the meeting, the shareholders:
elected all 10 Director nominees named in the 2017 Proxy Statement to the company's Board of Directors;
approved, on an advisory basis, having an advisory vote on the compensation of the executive officers named in the Company's proxy statement every one (1) year;
approved, on an advisory basis, the executive compensation philosophy, policies and procedures described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of the 2017 Proxy Statement and the compensation of the company's executive officers named in the 2017 Proxy Statement, as disclosed therein;
re-approved the material terms of performance goals under the 2012 Long-Term Incentive Plan;
ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year 2017; and
did not approve the shareholder proposal for independent board chairman.

The following are the final voting results for each of the six items voted on at the meeting.

1.    Election of Directors:
 
 
Shares For
 
Shares Against
 
Shares Abstain
 
Non-Votes
M. C. Beckerle
 
1,838,278,864

 
 
 
18,720,117

 
 
 
3,852,746

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
D. S. Davis
 
1,821,180,916

 
 
 
35,255,596

 
 
 
4,415,215

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
I. E. L. Davis
 
1,841,619,285

 
 
 
13,695,031

 
 
 
5,537,411

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
A. Gorsky
 
1,771,902,808

 
 
 
77,152,273

 
 
 
11,796,646

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
M. B. McClellan
 
1,835,395,802

 
 
 
21,114,454

 
 
 
4,341,471

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
A. M. Mulcahy
 
1,797,000,524

 
 
 
59,006,144

 
 
 
4,845,059

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
W. D. Perez
 
1,821,750,276

 
 
 
33,939,411

 
 
 
5,162,040

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
C. Prince
 
1,818,149,271

 
 
 
37,196,259

 
 
 
5,506,197

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
A. E. Washington
 
1,814,450,871

 
 
 
41,984,919

 
 
 
4,415,937

 
 
 
449,929,963


 
R. A. Williams
 
1,801,942,033

 
 
 
54,575,251

 
 
 
4,334,443

 
 
 
449,929,963


 

2.    Advisory Vote on Frequency of Voting to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation:
1 Year
1,668,222,388

 
 
2 Years
7,914,694

 
 
3 Years
177,619,853

 
 
Abstain
7,094,792

 
 
Non-Votes
449,929,963

 


3.    Advisory Vote to Approve Named Executive Officer Compensation:
For
1,745,134,771

 
 
Against
99,937,301

 
 
Abstain
15,779,655

 
 
Non-Votes
449,929,963

 






4.    Re-approval of the Material Terms of Performance Goals Under the 2012 Long-Term Incentive Plan:
For
1,701,504,130

 
 
Against
149,584,917

 
 
Abstain
9,762,680

 
 
Non-Votes
449,929,963

 


5.    Ratification of Appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC as the Independent Registered Public Accounting
    Firm for 2017:
For
2,249,386,529

 
 
Against
50,709,470

 
 
Abstain
10,685,691

 
 

6.    Shareholder Proposal - Independent Board Chairman:
For
790,127,571

 
 
Against
1,056,444,234

 
 
Abstain
14,279,922

 
 
Non-Votes
449,929,963

 


(d)     Based on the voting results set forth in (b)(2) above, the company’s Board of Directors has determined that an advisory vote by the shareholders regarding named executive officer compensation as set forth in the proxy statement will be conducted on an annual basis.

Item 8.01  Other Events.
On April 27, 2017, the company announced that its Board of Directors declared a 5.0% increase in the quarterly dividend rate, from $0.80 to $0.84 per share. At the new rate, the indicated dividend on an annual basis is $3.36 per share compared to the previous rate of $3.20 per share. The next quarterly dividend is payable on June 13, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 30, 2017.
The company's related press release is attached to this Report as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01  Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Exhibit No.      Description
99.1        Johnson & Johnson Press Release dated April 27, 2017.






SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


 
 
Johnson & Johnson
 
 
 
 (Registrant)
 
Date:  May 1, 2017
By:
/s/ Thomas J. Spellman III
 
 
 
Thomas J. Spellman III
 
 
 
Secretary
 






Exhibit 99.1

Press Contacts:
Ernie Knewitz
Amy Jo Meyer
 
(732) 524-6623
(732) 524-6678
 
(917) 697-2318 (M)
(908) 616-6250 (M)
 
 
 
Investor Contacts:
Joseph J. Wolk
Lisa Romanko
 
(732) 524-1142
(732) 524-2034



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Johnson & Johnson
Announces Dividend Increase of 5.0%

New Brunswick, N.J. (April 27, 2017) - Johnson & Johnson today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a 5.0% increase in the quarterly dividend rate, from $0.80 per share to $0.84 per share. The increase was announced this morning at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in New Brunswick, N.J.
“In recognition of our 2016 results, strong financial position and confidence in the future of Johnson & Johnson, the Board has voted to increase the quarterly dividend for the 55th consecutive year,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
At the new rate, the indicated dividend on an annual basis is $3.36 per share compared to the previous rate of $3.20 per share. The next quarterly dividend is payable on June 13, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 30, 2017. The ex-dividend date is May 25, 2017.

About Johnson & Johnson
Caring for the world, one person at a time…inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our approximately 130,800 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

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