Activist Investor Bill Ackman Sets His Sights On Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Bill Ackman, an activists investor, is looking to take control of Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP).

Activist Investor Bill Ackman Sets His Sights On Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

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The move was announced by Automatic Data Processing in a press release on Friday. According to the company, Bill Ackman is seeking an extension to its nomination period for members of its Board of Directors.

Automatic Data Processing will be ending its nomination process for the board members on Aug. 10, 2017. Bill Ackman wants to extend that time period by 30 to 45 days. However, ADP has rejected his offer to do so.

“ADP is open to constructive input from our shareholders, and our Board respects the right of shareholders to nominate directors,”  Automatic Data Processing said in a statement. “However, ADP has a clearly defined Board nomination process, and the 2017 deadline for director nominations has been public for nearly a year.”

Bill Ackman wants to extend the period of time for nominating board members so that he can put in nominations for his own people to join the Board of Directors. The CEO and founder of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management is planning to nominate five members. One of those nominations is for himself. ADP’s board includes 10 people.

Bill Ackman isn’t just looking to shake up Automatic Data Processing’s Board of Directors. He has also openly called for the capital management company to replace CEO Carlos Rodriguez. Ackman make his pushes during ADP’s 2017 annual meeting. Pershing has an 8% stake in ADP through derivatives.

ADP stock was down slightly as of Friday morning, but is up 8% year-to-date.

As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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