Activism At Large Cap Companies

Activism At Large Cap Companies

In less than two weeks, shareholders will have their say on the proxy contest between Trian Partners and Procter & Gamble. As the largest company by market cap to face a proxy contest in history, many expect Procter & Gamble to put up a stiff fight.

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Activist Insight data suggests that activist investors targeting U.S. large cap companies ($10bn+) have continued to have success in recent years, despite reports of tension between institutional investors and activists. The number of directors placed at large cap companies has declined slightly from a peak in 2014, but remained at elevated levels.

In addition, Nelson Peltz’s request for a single board seat is below the average of 4.5. In settlements at large cap companies, an average of 2.3 directors were seated at the activist’s behest, and only 2 of 7 proxy contests that went to a vote resulted in seats for the activist, according to Activist Insight data.

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Since 2012, Activist Insight has provided its diverse range of clients with the most comprehensive information on activist investing worldwide. Founded by Nick Arnott and Kerry Pogue with the objective of providing unmatched intelligence to professionals in the global activist investment space, Activist Insight made its entry into the market with online information product, Activist Insight Online. Activist Insight Monthly, the world’s only monthly magazine dedicated to shareholder activism, soon followed, granting its readership access to the thoughts and opinions of key industry professionals, while providing an editorial vehicle for the data trends uniquely aggregated from Activist Insight Online. In 2013, Activist Insight’s sister business, Proxy Insight, was co-founded by Nick Dawson and Nick Arnott.

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