Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders jettisoned two board members up for reelection and approved three shareholder-initiated resolutions at the company’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City, signaling a turning point for the operator’s corporate governance and likely for the future of CEO Aubrey McClendon.
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CMS Drops Tracking Stock Launch
In a complete about-face, Dearborn, MI-based CMS Energy Corp.has jettisoned major financial restructuring plans to create atracking stock for its Consumers Energy unit. Low stock marketvaluations of utility companies forced the decision, according tocompany officials, and instead CMS plans to gain $700 million byselling some non-strategic assets and reducing its debt – a planexpected to offer more value to shareholders. The news comes alongwith word that first-quarter earnings were down to 70 cents perdiluted share, compared with 80 cents per diluted share for thesame period in 1999.
May 2, 2000