1. Activist Investors are Gearing up for More Battles in the Year Ahead, Taking Aim at Consumer Stocks

    Activist Investors are Gearing up for More Battles in the Year Ahead, Taking Aim at Consumer Stocks

    Wall Street's top activist investors continue to see more opportunity in consumer products than in any other industry even amid multiple high-profile contests at household names like Procter & Gamble and Campbell Soup. More Wall Street's top activist investors are raising lots of cash and gearing up for battle over the next year, a new report shows...

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    1. Activism remains an attractive asset class and, particularly with the increase in co-invest vehicles, more capital will be deployed in campaigns.
    2. The dismal stock performance is a report card on the Company's leadership, which has made a series of blunders.
    3. As activists continue to gain a level of legitimacy in the market and design more effective ways to reach shareholders with their message, retail participation in the voting process should increase.
    4. Retail voter apathy is one of the most important challenges we have to overcome when working on a campaign. We find that many retail shareholders will vote their shares, but they require direct and indirect outreach, which takes time and resources.
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