Nelson Peltz, Trian will not be pursuing Wendy’s acquisition

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Nelson Peltz is not interested in a takeover Wendy’saccording to a regulatory filing made on Friday.

Peltz is non-executive chairman of the burger chain’s board of directors and CEO of activist firm Trian Fund Management, which is its largest shareholder. In May, Trian said it was exploring a potential deal with the company to “add shareholder value,” which could include an acquisition or merger.

“Trian believes the Company is well positioned to create significant long-term value for shareholders and looks forward to continuing to work with the board and leadership team to achieve this,” Peltz said in a statement dated Friday.

Shares of Wendy’s rose about 5% on Friday.

Trian, founded by Peltz, first invested in Wendy’s in 2005 when the fund originally launched. The company holds three board seats at the fast-food company, including von Peltz’s.

According to a research note from Kalinowski Equity Research, this result was “universally expected” by Wall Street. The lack of a deal buys time for Peltz, who went public this week with his desire to win a seat Disney‘s board through a proxy fight.

Also on Friday, Wendy’s announced a reorganization of its corporate structure and the departure of Chief Financial Officer Leigh Burnside and Chief Commercial Officer and US President Kurt Kane. Burnside leaves to join another unnamed restaurant company while Kane’s position has been axed.

Wendy’s said the goal of the company’s redesign is to maximize efficiency and streamline decision-making. rival MC Donalds announced a week ago that it would also revise its corporate structure for similar reasons.

In a pre-announcement of fourth-quarter results, Wendy’s said same-store sales rose 6.4% for the three months ended Jan. 1. Net sales increased 13.4% to $536.5 million.

The company’s board of directors approved doubling the dividend to 25 cents and spending $500 million on share buybacks. Nelson Peltz, Trian will not be pursuing Wendy’s acquisition

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