HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Aug. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:CDK) announced today that it will add two independent directors to its Board under an agreement with Elliott Management, one of CDK’s largest shareholders with an approximately 9.3% ownership stake. Under the terms of the agreement, CDK’s Board of Directors will appoint two independent directors identified by Elliott, and Elliott has agreed to certain “standstill” provisions. The addition of the two directors will expand CDK’s Board to 10 members, all of whom will stand for re-election at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Leslie Brun, non-executive chairman of CDK Global, said, “With the appointment of Robert Tarkoff to the Board in June, and the addition of two additional independent directors, CDK will have added significant expertise to our Board. We look forward to the new perspectives they will bring as we build on CDK’s positive momentum and improved operations.”
Brian MacDonald, chief executive officer of CDK Global, said, “We look forward to working with the new directors as we continue to fundamentally realign our business to better serve customers and deliver value to shareholders. We are already making excellent progress and are well on our way to achieving our goal of improving adjusted EBITDA margins by 1,300 basis points to 35% by June 2018. In addition, we have today announced in our full-year earnings release that we expect to exit fiscal year 2019 with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 40% or above.
“As we move forward, we are also committed to an active and ongoing capital allocation review. We have already significantly accelerated the pace of capital return with our recent commitment to return $1 billion by the end of calendar year 2016 – a year earlier than our prior target. At the conclusion of our current capital return program, we will evaluate our capital allocation policy, which will likely result in additional share repurchases, as well as continued dividend distributions,” concluded MacDonald.
Jesse Cohn, Senior Portfolio Manager at Elliott, commented, "We have had the opportunity to spend significant time with CDK’s management and the Board to understand the cost transformation plan and the mechanisms in place to ensure its achievement. We are pleased with the steps taken to date, and we think that Brian and his team have laid out a strategy not only to achieve their plan, but to surpass it. Elliott fully supports CDK’s Board and management, and we believe the expanded Board will have the right expertise to oversee the execution of the plan and the achievement of its targets. CDK possesses tremendous value as the unquestioned leader in a highly attractive industry. We believe that the planned cost and business realignment will improve the Company’s profitability, growth profile and ability to deploy capital. We expect these steps to deliver meaningful value to CDK’s customers and shareholders.”
Morgan Stanley is acting as financial advisor to CDK, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is acting as legal advisor.
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About CDK Global
With more than $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global (Nasdaq:CDK) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on evolving the automotive retail experience, CDK Global provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving more than 27,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers. CDK’s solutions automate and integrate all parts of the dealership and buying process from targeted digital advertising and marketing campaigns to the sale, financing, insuring, parts supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles. Visit www.cdkglobal.com.
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