Shareholder Activism In April 2019 – Canada Down 43%

Shareholder Activism

More than 450 companies have been publicly subjected to activist demands worldwide so far in 2019, according to Activist Insight Online, although that is down from 531 in 2018’s record-breaking start to the year.

Below is a fact sheet on shareholder activism in April.

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A few more data points worth noting from our April month-end stats:

  • Although proxy season has only just begun, the number of board seats gained by activists at this point in the year is down by 25% in U.S.
  • The U.K. is one of the few regions where activism is increasing. The number of companies publicly subjected to demands is up 14% and the number of board seats gained year-to-date has more than doubled to 13.
  • 298 investors have made public demands thus far, down from 366 at the same point last year.

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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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