Bill Ackman suffers a big blow in his effort to shake up ADP
The billionaire founder of the hedge fund Pershing Square has engaged in a bitter proxy battle with the HR-software provider, calling for sweeping changes including the replacement of CEO Carlos Rodriguez. Ackman's nominees were supported by less than 20% of ADP's shareholders, the company said.Ackman, whose hedge fund disclosed an 8% stake in the $49 billion company in August, said the company's margins were "vastly below" what they could be. He said ADP's stock price could double in five years without the company needing to change its dividend or capital structure.
ADP shares were down by less than 1% in premarket trading on Tuesday.