SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 23, 2019
Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
245 Park Avenue, 42nd Floor, New York, NY
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 750-7300
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
On April 23, 2019, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (the “Company”) held its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). A quorum was present at the Annual Meeting and the Company’s stockholders: (i) elected the three Class I directors named below; (ii) ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019; (iii) approved on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers (“Say on Pay”); and (iv) approved, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the frequency with which future stockholder advisory votes on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers will be held. The final voting results from the Annual Meeting were as follows:
(1) A proposal to elect three Class I directors to serve until the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, and until their successors have been duly elected and qualify.
William L. Browning
James A. Henderson
Edmond N. Moriarty, III
(2) A proposal to ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2019.
(3) A proposal for the non-binding, advisory vote to approve the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
(4) A proposal to approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the frequency with which future stockholder advisory votes on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers will be held.
The Company has decided to include a stockholder vote on Say on Pay every year, consistent with the stockholders’ advisory vote, until the next required advisory vote on the frequency of future advisory votes on executive compensation.
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.
Date: April 29, 2019
ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORPORATION
/s/ Anton Feingold
General Counsel and Secretary