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Trian is pushing back against P&G’s review of its shareholder vote.
The largest and most expensive corporate proxy battle in history is getting even more contested, as Procter & Gamble reviews a preliminary tally of shareholder votes that showed a narrow win for activist investor Nelson Peltz.
Mr. Peltz’s investment firm, Trian Fund Management, expressed its disappointment on Wednesday that Procter & Gamble is waiting to make Mr. Peltz a director while it looks into election results from independent election inspector IVS Associates. Last week, Trian said that Mr. Peltz had won a seat on Procter & Gamble’s board by a slim margin of 42,780 shares, or about 0.0016 percent of the shares outstanding.
In a statement on Wednesday, Trian estimated that Procter & Gamble, which owns brands such as Tide and Gillette, has already spent $100 million defending itself since Mr. Peltz began his bid in July.
“P.&G. shareholders should be concerned that P.&G. has opted to waste further time and shareholder money contesting the official tabulation of the independent inspector,” Trian said. “The review and challenge process will be a continued distraction at a time when management and the Board should be focused on improving business results and regaining lost market share.”
Damon Jones, a spokesman for Procter & Gamble, said the company has “not issued a challenge to the results” and is “still firmly in the review period.”