Trian Sells About $1.1 Billion of Stake in Snackmaker Mondelez
(Bloomberg) -- Trian Fund Management sold about $1.1 billion worth of its holdings in Mondelez International Inc. over the past 10 days, as the investment firm’s co-founder Nelson Peltz stepped down from the board.
Trian still owns about 17.8 million Mondelez shares, or 1.2 percent of the Deerfield, Illinois-based company, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That makes it the company’s 12th largest holder.
Mondelez shares have gained 2.9 percent this year to trade around $44 apiece. Since the end of 2015, the stock has been roughly flat.
A spokesman for Mondelez said Trian had informed the company of the sale and said it was linked to the end of a lockup period in one of Trian’s co-investment funds that only held Mondelez stock. Trian reiterated the reason for the sale.
“Trian is very pleased with its investment in Mondelez International and believes that the company’s board and management team are keenly focused on the creation of long-term shareholder value,” a spokeswoman added in a statement.
Billionaire Peltz said last month he would step down from Mondelez on March 1, as he prepared to take a seat on the board of Procter & Gamble Co. Peter May, Trian’s co-founder, replaced Peltz on the board of Mondelez, alongside Debra Crew.
Peltz joined the snack maker’s board in 2014, less than two years after it was created as part of a split with Kraft Foods. Peltz had pushed former Chief Executive Officer Irene Rosenfeld, who orchestrated the creation of Mondelez, to merge it with PepsiCo Inc. He ultimately abandoned the campaign and joined the board, where he helped oversee a cost-cutting push at the maker of Oreos and Ritz crackers.
Trian, started in 2005, manages more than $10 billion and has typically focused its investments on consumer, industrial and financial companies, often targeting large conglomerates.
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