P&G May Be Less of a Gamble Than You Think
By that Ackman was referring to his overt lack of confidence in PG CEO Bob McDonald, who Ackman believes has lost the confidence of his senior managers. "I think it's unlikely that Bob McDonald is the right person for the company based on his track record there," Ackman said in the interview.
It's not unusual for an activist hedge fund manager who owns directly or indirectly $2 billion in P&G shares, or roughly 1% of the company, to want to get his money's worth in any way possible. Just the drama alone that's been stirred up has helped PG shares higher, as the chart below illustrates.data by YCharts
Perhaps Ackman is looking at the same distressing plunge in "Cash from Operations Quarterly" line in the chart above. It should also be noted that at least 35% of the outstanding "float" of PG shares are owned by institutions and mutual funds. The board of directors of PG has some powerful eyeballs looking over their shoulders, and the pressure is mounting with every passing day.
Ackman has accused the company of being "bloated" and lacking new ideas, new products and the innovative spirit that unleashes the true value locked into the company's book value, tangible net asset value and earnings power. He evidently believes the sum of the parts are greater than the whole PG.Jim Cramer's protege Dave Peltier finds you Stocks Under $10 picks with explosive upside potential. See what he's trading today with a 14-day FREE pass.
The Cincinnati-based company and its issues with Ackman was the focus of a news story in the Business Courier , which serves the greater Cincinnati area.
The Courier story quoted a PG spokesman who said, when asked about Ackman's comments, "The situation is unchanged." The spokesman, Paul Fox, was also quoted as saying, "The board has made it clear that it supports Bob
From this analyst's perspective, any shareholders who own $2 billion worth of a company should feel free to question the business policies and core competencies of the leadership of a publicly traded company. It's a great chance for PG's CEO and board to show what they're made of and not blow the challenge off as "...an unnecessary distraction."