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Ackman Takes Activist Stance on P&G

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 5:25 PM ET
William Ackman
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William Ackman

Pershing Square Capital Management founder Bill Ackman told the audience at Delivering Alpha that his fund would take an activist role in Proctor & Gamble.

“We’re going to take a hard look to see if we can add any value” to Proctor & Gamble , Ackman said.

Pershing Square, a hedge fund with roughly $10 billion under management, has been a large and active investor in Canadian Pacific Railway and retailer J.C. Penney .

Earlier in the day, Ackman had told investors in a letter that it sold its Citigroup shares to help build a stake in Procter & Gamble. Ackman told CNBC his fund owns about $1.8 billion dollars worth of stock in P&G.

Ackman revealed that his fund owns $1.8 billion worth of stock in the company.

Although the position is large compared to the size of Ackman’s fund, it is not especially large compared to the $177 billion market cap of Proctor & Gamble. Ackman said he believed that Pershing Square could influence the management of the company despite owning just around 1 percent of the stock.

He declined to say whether he would support the current CEO.

"I'd prefer to meet him first," Ackman said.

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