The Walt Disney Company has entered an agreement with ValueAct Capital Management, L.P., a San Francisco-based investment firm. Through the agreement, Disney will provide information to ValueAct Capital and consult with the firm on “strategic matters.”
ValueAct Capital built a significant stake in The Walt Disney Company over last summer. They have previously worked with 21st Century Fox (renamed 20th Century Studios after Disney acquired them), Nintendo, The New York Times, and Spotify, among others.
“ValueAct Capital has a track record of collaboration and cooperation with the companies it invests in, and its Co-CEO Mason Morfit has been very constructive in the conversations we’ve had over the past year. We welcome their input as long-term shareholders,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.
ValueAct will support the Disney Board of Directors’ recommended nominees for this year’s Board election.
Read the full statement from Disney below.
The Walt Disney Company and ValueAct Capital Enter Into Information-Sharing Arrangement to Facilitate Strategic Consultation During Company’s Transformation
Investment Firm Will Support the Disney Board’s Slate of Director Nominees at 2024 Annual Meeting
The Walt Disney Company and ValueAct Capital Management, L.P. have entered into a confidentiality agreement that enables the company to provide information to the investment firm and consult with ValueAct on strategic matters, including through meetings with the Disney Board and management.
ValueAct has extensive experience investing in media and technology companies navigating significant business transformations, including Spotify, The New York Times, 21st Century Fox, Nintendo, Microsoft, Adobe and Salesforce.
“ValueAct Capital has a track record of collaboration and cooperation with the companies it invests in, and its Co-CEO Mason Morfit has been very constructive in the conversations we’ve had over the past year. We welcome their input as long-term shareholders,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Disney is the world’s leading entertainment company. It has the best intellectual property, sports brand and parks & experiences assets in the industry. As legacy technologies transition to digital platforms, we believe Disney can lead the media industry forward. We could not be more excited to partner with Bob and the Board to help create long-term sustainable shareholder value,” said Mason Morfit, ValueAct Capital Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer.
ValueAct has confirmed it will support the Disney Board of Directors’ recommended slate of nominees for election to the Board at the 2024 Annual Meeting.
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