Preparing for Shareholder Activism
CFOs should proactively address potential areas of activist attention to reduce the chances of becoming the target of a campaign.
CFOs Faced Late Activism Surge, ESG Demands in 2020
Fifty-seven new campaigns launched in Q4, pressuring the management teams of Intel, Public Storage, ExxonMobil, and The Walt Disney Company, among others.
CFOs Dealt With a Record Number of Activist Investors in 2019
A record 99 campaigns globally had an M&A-related thesis, accounting for about 47% of all the year's activity.
Top Issues for Boards Heading Into 2019
Board diversity, corporate culture, and sexual harassment will be among the key discussion topics for corporate directors next year.
Activist Shareholders: Bane or Boon?
Corporate executives and activist shareholders rarely see eye to eye, but an attorney for the latter says activists can help improve company performance.
Cybersecurity Tops Boards’ 2018 To-Do Lists
Directors also will focus on corporate social responsibility, board composition, activist shareholders, and SEC enforcement, among other hot topics.
The Growing Importance of Proxies
Aiming to thwart shareholder activism, public companies' proxy statements are presenting shareholders with ever-more information and greater detail.
Rethinking Your Approach to Shareholder Engagement
Keeping investors up to speed on the business should include more than just discussions of financial performance.
Shareholder Activism May Decline Next Year
"Activism has become a crowded field, with too many players chasing after a diminishing number of attractive targets," says Moody's.
Share Buybacks Boosting Big Firm Bond Deals
Repurchases or dividends were listed as among the use of proceeds in $58 billion of recent bond issues.
Investors Pressuring Energy Firms to Go Green
Shareholders are pressuring management to "identify risks associated with climate change, rein in greenhouse gases, or assess methane emissions."