Allstate sells Sterling Collision Centers, sees small after-tax gain Allstate has entered into an agreement to sell Sterling Collision Centers to Service King Collision Repair Centers. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter and result in a small after-tax gain. Allstate purchased Sterling Collision Centers in 2001. Sterling operates 62 collision-repair facilities in 16 states and has 1,200 employees.
Allstate adopts proxy access bylaw amendments Allstate announced that its board has adopted amendments to the company's bylaws providing "proxy access" shareholder rights. "Allstate's board is committed to strong corporate governance and creating value for our shareholders," said Thomas Wilson, chairman and CEO. "Our board proactively adopted proxy access as part of our ongoing commitment to governance best practices that include dialogue, transparency and responsiveness to shareholder views." The bylaw amendments will allow holders of at least 3 percent of Allstate's outstanding common shares, who have held the shares continuously for at least three years, to submit eligible director candidates for up to 20 percent of the board. Up to 20 shareholders may aggregate their shares to reach the 3 percent ownership threshold. Proxy access rights will first be available to shareholders in connection with Allstate's 2017 annual shareholders meeting.