Activist investors gained 47 board seats worldwide in the first two months of 2019 as Asia is bright spot

Activist investors are behind 2018’s director haul after two months.

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Activist investors gained 47 board seats worldwide in the first two months of 2019, down 27% on the 64 in the same period of 2018. The fall was slightly less severe in the U.S., where activists came away with 24% fewer seats, however, Asia was one bright spot with the number of seats gained rising from 7 to 11 over the period.

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The data, collected by Activist Insight Online from settlements, proxy contests, and regulatory filings, is the latest addition to Activist Insight’s monthly stats, which highlight the volume of activism for subscribers to Activist Insight Monthly magazine and members of the media.

Volumes of activism by the number of companies targeted is down on 2018, with 26% fewer companies publicly subjected to activist demands in the U.S. and 23% fewer worldwide.

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Monthly Activism Stats

Monthly Activism Stats

SOURCE: ACTIVIST INSIGHT ONLINE UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.

For more detailed stats on any section of the page, including the number of companies targeted in specific market cap ranges, industries, or by activist type, please email jblack@activistinsight.com.

Notes

All data exclude activist short positions.

All percentages are given to one decimal place, and may cause rounding errors.

YTD figures are as of the end of February of the given year, unless otherwise specified.

Market capitalization figures are as of February 28, 2019.


About Activist Insight 

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 Governance, Activist Insight Vulnerability – a tool for identifying potential activist targets – Activist Insight Shorts, and Activist Insight Monthly – the world's only magazine dedicated to activist investing.




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ActivistInsight
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.