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Activists Mine Resource-Rich Markets

Activist Insight finds basic materials boom sends activism in Canada and Australia to half-year highs.

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Driven by a return to basic materials stocks, the number of companies publicly subjected to activist demands in Canada and Australia have surpassed year-to-date records kept by Activist Insight Online*.

Activists have made public demands at 41 companies headquartered in Australia and 55 companies headquartered in Canada, according to the data. In Australia, that level represents a 41% increase on 2017, which was also the peak. In Canada, that level represents a 53% increase on 2017 and a 22% increase on the peak (in 2015 and 2016).

Companies publicly subjected to activist demands by company headquarter region, in the period January 1 to June 25 each year.

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Companies publicly subjected to activist demands by company headquarter region.

Activists Mine Resource-Rich Markets

Of those targeted, 20 Australia-headquartered and 21 Canada-headquartered companies were in the basic materials sector.

Basic materials sector companies publicly subjected to activist demands by company headquarter region, in the period January 1 to June 25 each year.

Activists Mine Resource-Rich Markets

Basic materials sector companies publicly subjected to activist demands by company headquarter region.

Activists Mine Resource-Rich Markets

So far this year, in addition to a busier basic materials market, both countries have seen a record number of companies publicly subjected to demands for board representation, as shown below.

Companies publicly subjected to activist demands for board representation by company headquarter region, in the period January 1 to June 25 each year.

Activists Mine Resource-Rich Markets

Companies publicly subjected to activist demands for board representation by company headquarter region.

Activists Mine Resource-Rich Markets

*All data as of June 25, 2018. Data comprehensive to 2013.

Please note that all data referenced is as of 2013. For any questions about the data, or if you have a follow-up request, please contact Josh Black at jblack@activistinsight.com. Please note that bespoke data requests may take 24-48 hours depending on the amount of manual work required.

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Since 2012, Activist Insight (www.activistinsight.com) has provided its diverse range of clients with the most comprehensive information on activist investing worldwide. Regularly quoted in the financial press, Activist Insight is the trusted source for data in this evolving space. Activist Insight offers five industry-leading products: Activist Insight Online, Activist Insight Shorts, Activist Insight Governance, Activist Insight Vulnerability – a tool for identifying potential activist targets – and Activist Insight Monthly – the world's only magazine dedicated to activist investing.