Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman is trying to shake up the management of his latest target, ADP,
a New Jersey-based provider of payroll and benefits services.
Ackman’s hedge fund, Pershing Square, wants to replace five board members, as well as the company’s chief executive officer, according to press release issued by ADP.
“Mr. Ackman requested that ADP extend the August 10 deadline for nomination of directors by 30 to 45 days and said he planned to nominate five directors, including himself, to ADP’s 10-member Board,” ADP stated. “He also said CEO Carlos Rodriguez should be replaced.”
ADP defended Rodriguez while taking a shot at Ackman. “Since Carlos Rodriguez became CEO nearly six years ago, ADP’s total shareholder return of 202% is well in excess of the S&P 500 TSR of 128% — and is many multiples of Pershing’s TSR of 29%,” the release said.
The news comes about a week after Pershing Square announced it was taking a stake in the company. The size of the stake, about 8%, is mostly through derivatives, according to ADP.
This isn’t the first time Ackman has owned a stake in ADP. He amassed a passive investment in company from 2009 to 2011, Bloomberg data shows.
Ackman is best known for his crusade against Herbalife. He was an outspoken critic of the company, betting $US1 billion against it. The trade has not gone his way.