Proxy and Voting Information
Who is asking for my vote and why?
The Allstate Board of Directors is soliciting proxies for use at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held on May 11, 2018, and any adjournments or postponements of the meeting. The annual meeting will be held only if there is a quorum, which means that a majority of the outstanding common stock entitled to vote is represented at the meeting by proxy or in person. To ensure there will be a quorum, the Allstate Board asks you to vote before the meeting, which allows your Allstate stock to be represented at the annual meeting.
Who can vote at the annual meeting?
The Allstate Board has set the close of business on March 13, 2018, as the record date for the meeting. This means that you are entitled to vote if you were a stockholder of record at the close of business on March 13, 2018. On that date, there were 353,139,462 shares of Allstate common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the annual meeting.
Why did I receive a notice of Internet availability of proxy materials instead of the proxy materials?
We distribute our proxy materials to certain stockholders over the Internet using “Notice and Access” delivery, as permitted by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. We elected to use this method for certain stockholders as it reduces our print and mail costs and the environmental impact of our annual stockholders’ meeting.
How do I vote?
Instructions on how to vote your shares are included on the Notice on page 4. If you hold shares in your own name as a registered stockholder, you may vote in person by attending the annual meeting, or you may instruct the proxies how to vote your shares by following the instructions on the proxy card/voting instruction form. If you plan to attend the meeting in person, please see the details on pages 81-82.
If you hold shares in street name (that is, through a broker, bank, or other record holder), you should follow the instructions provided by your broker, bank, or other record holder to vote your shares.
If you hold shares through the Allstate 401(k) Savings Plan, please see the instructions on page 82.
Can I change my vote?
Before your shares have been voted at the annual meeting by the proxies, you may change or revoke your voting instructions by providing instructions again by telephone, by Internet, in writing, or, if you are a registered stockholder, by voting in person at the annual meeting.
Are the votes kept confidential?
All proxies, ballots, and tabulations that identify the vote of a particular stockholder are confidential, except as necessary to allow the inspector of election to certify the voting results or to meet certain legal requirements. A representative of American Election Services, LLC will act as the inspector of election and will count the votes. The representative is independent of Allstate and its directors, officers, and employees.
If you write a comment on your proxy card, voting instruction form, or ballot, it may be provided to our Secretary along with your name and address.
Your comments will be provided without reference to how you voted, unless the vote is mentioned in your comment or unless disclosure of the vote is necessary to understand your comment. At our request, the distribution agent or the solicitation agent will provide us with periodic status reports on the aggregate vote. These status reports may include a list of stockholders who have not voted and breakdowns of vote totals by different types of stockholders, as long as we are not able to determine how a particular stockholder voted.
What happens if I submit a signed proxy card but do not indicate how I want to vote?
You may instruct the proxies to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” on each proposal, or you may instruct the proxies to “ABSTAIN” from voting. If you submit a signed proxy card/voting instruction form to allow your shares to be represented at the annual meeting but do not indicate how your shares should be voted on one or more proposals, then the proxies will vote your shares as the Board of Directors recommends on those proposals. Other than the proposals listed on pages 5-8, we do not know of any other matters to be presented at the meeting. If any other matters are properly presented at the meeting, the proxies may vote your shares in accordance with their best judgment.
What vote is needed to approve each item?
Shares of common stock represented by a properly completed proxy card/voting instruction form will be counted as present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum, even if the stockholder is abstaining from voting.
Proposal 1. To be elected under Allstate’s majority vote standard, each director must receive an affirmative vote of the majority of the votes cast. In other words, the number of shares voted “For” a director must exceed 50% of the votes cast on that director. Abstentions will not be counted as votes cast and will have no impact on the vote’s outcome.
Proposals 2 – 5. A majority of the shares present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and entitled to vote must be voted “For” the proposal. Abstentions will have the effect of a vote against the proposal.
Are broker non-votes counted at the meeting?
Brokers and banks have discretionary authority to vote shares in the absence of instructions on matters the New York Stock Exchange considers “routine,” such as the ratification of the appointment of the auditors. They do not have discretionary authority to vote shares in the absence of instructions on “non-routine” matters, such as the election of directors, say-on-pay, or the stockholder proposals. Broker non-votes will not be counted as shares entitled to vote on any of the foregoing matters and will have no impact on the vote’s outcome.
What is “householding” and how does it affect me?
Allstate has adopted the “householding” procedure approved by the SEC, which allows us to deliver one set of documents to a household of stockholders instead of delivering a set to each stockholder in a household, unless we have been instructed otherwise. This procedure is more environmentally friendly and cost-effective because it reduces the number of copies to be printed and mailed. Stockholders who receive proxy materials in paper form will continue to receive separate proxy cards/voting instruction forms to vote their shares. Stockholders who receive the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials will receive instructions on submitting their proxy cards/voting instruction form via the Internet.
If you would like to change your householding election, request that a single copy of the proxy materials be sent to your address, or request a separate copy of the proxy materials, please contact our distribution agent, Broadridge Financial Solutions, by calling (866) 540-7095 or by writing to Broadridge Householding Department, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717. We will promptly deliver the proxy materials to you upon receipt of your request. If you hold your shares in street name, please contact your bank, broker, or other record holder to request information about householding.
If you receive more than one proxy card/voting instruction form, your shares probably are registered in more than one account or you may hold shares both as a registered stockholder and through the Allstate 401(k) Savings Plan. You should vote each proxy card/voting instruction form you receive.
How do I attend the annual meeting?
If you plan to attend the meeting, you must be a holder of Allstate shares as of the record date of March 13, 2018. We encourage you to request an admission ticket in advance. You may request admission tickets by visiting www.proxyvote.com and following the instructions provided or calling 1-888-247-6053. You will need your proxy card, voting instruction form, or notice of Internet availability with you when you request the ticket.
At the entrance to the meeting, we will request to see your admission ticket and valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.
If you do not request an admission ticket in advance, we will request to see your photo identification at the entrance to the meeting. We will then confirm your common stock ownership on the record date by:
- For registered stockholders: verifying your name and stock ownership against our list of registered stockholders.
- For beneficial or street name stockholders (those holding shares through a broker, bank or other record holder): asking to review evidence of your stock ownership as of March 13, 2018, such as your brokerage statement. You must bring such evidence with you in order to be admitted to the meeting.
If you are acting as a proxy, we will need to review a valid written legal proxy signed by the owner of the common stock granting you the required authority to vote the owner’s shares.
Where can I find the results of the annual meeting?
Preliminary results will be announced at the meeting and final results will be reported in a current report on Form 8-K, which is expected to be filed with the SEC within four business days after the meeting.
Who will pay the cost of this proxy solicitation?
Allstate pays the cost of this proxy solicitation. Officers and other employees of Allstate and its subsidiaries may solicit proxies by mail, personal interview, telephone, facsimile, electronic means, or via the Internet. None of these individuals will receive special compensation for soliciting votes, which will be performed in addition to their regular duties, and some of them may not necessarily solicit proxies. Allstate also has made arrangements with brokerage firms, banks, record holders, and other fiduciaries to forward proxy solicitation materials to the beneficial owners of shares they hold on your behalf. Allstate will reimburse these intermediaries for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. Georgeson LLC, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10104 has been retained to assist in the solicitation of proxies for a fee of $16,500 plus expenses.
How do I vote if I hold shares through the 401(k) Savings Plan?
If you hold Allstate common shares through the Allstate 401(k) Savings Plan, your proxy card/voting instruction form for those shares will instruct the plan trustee how to vote those shares. If you received your annual meeting materials electronically, and you hold Allstate common shares both through the plan and also directly as a registered stockholder, the voting instructions you provide electronically will be applied to both your plan shares and your registered shares. If you return a signed proxy card/voting instruction form or vote by telephone or the Internet on a timely basis, the trustee will follow your voting instructions for all Allstate common shares allocated to your plan account unless that would be inconsistent with the trustee’s duties.
If your voting instructions are not received on a timely basis, the shares allocated to your plan account will be considered “unvoted.” If you return a signed proxy card/ voting instruction form but do not indicate how your shares should be voted on a given matter, the shares represented by your proxy card/voting instruction form will be voted as the Board of Directors recommends. The trustee will vote all unvoted shares and all unallocated shares held by the plan as follows:
- If the trustee receives instructions (through voting instruction forms or through telephonic or Internet instruction) on a timely basis for at least 50% of the votable allocated shares in the plan, then it will vote all unvoted shares and unallocated shares in the same proportion and in the same manner as the shares for which timely instructions have been received, unless to do so would be inconsistent with the trustee’s duties.
- If the trustee receives instructions for less than 50% of the votable allocated shares, the trustee will vote all unvoted and unallocated shares in its sole discretion. However, the trustee will not use its discretionary authority to vote on adjournment of the meeting in order to solicit further proxies.
Plan votes receive the same high level of confidentiality as all other votes. You may not vote the shares allocated to your plan account by voting in person at the meeting. You must instruct The Northern Trust Company, as trustee for the plan, how to vote your shares.
By order of the Board,
Susan L. Lees
March 28, 2018