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Hedge fund Trian sets sights on insurer Allstate in activist move, say sources.

Activist Hedge Fund Trian Targets Insurer Allstate: Sources

Activist Investor Takes Stake in Allstate

Nelson Peltz’s activist hedge fund Trian Fund Management has acquired a stake in Allstate Corp, joining a list of insurers grappling with the aftermath of natural disasters. According to sources familiar with the matter, Trian’s move puts pressure on Allstate’s CEO Tom Wilson to turn the company’s performance around after experiencing losses for five consecutive quarters. Allstate has attributed its poor performance to natural disasters, some of which are exacerbated by climate change.

Increased Pressure on Allstate’s CEO

With Trian’s involvement, Allstate has reportedly sought advice from investment bankers on how to handle this development. However, the exact stake held by Trian and their plans for Allstate remain undisclosed. Both Allstate and Trian have yet to comment on the matter, as per anonymous sources.

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Positive Market Response

News of Trian’s stake in Allstate caused the company’s shares to surge by 6% in Monday trading. Prior to this development, Allstate’s stock price had dropped 9% year-to-date, substantially underperforming the Property & Casualty Insurance index due to significant losses in property and auto insurance. Allstate, like many insurers, has struggled to raise premiums at a pace that covers the costs incurred from major natural disasters, such as wildfires, while also dealing with rising replacement costs due to inflation.

Past Activist Investor Involvement

Two years ago, activist investor Carl Icahn also acquired a position in Allstate. However, he did not publicly advocate for board seats or major changes within the company.

Trian’s Active Campaigns and History

Trian, which recently revamped its senior leadership team and promoted Matthew Peltz, Nelson Peltz’s son, to co-chief investment officer, is currently engaged in another high-profile corporate battle. This month, Trian reignited its activist campaign against Walt Disney after previously withdrawing a board challenge earlier this year. Trian has previously advocated for change at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Invesco.

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By Svea Herbst-Bayliss and David French

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