(Sharecast News) – Deliveroo shares shot higher on Thursday following a report that activist investor Sachem Head Capital Management has taken a stake in the food delivery firm.
Bloomberg cited people familiar with the matter as saying that Sachem Head sees Deliveroo as undervalued and that it could eventually become a takeover target, but isn’t yet actively pushing for changes.
It was understood that Deliveroo is planning defence strategies as it could become vulnerable to takeovers when a dual-class share structure expires in April next year.
Citi said in a note that the potential for further consolidation in food delivery involving Deliveroo has been a popular topic of investor debate, particularly as the class B shares of the company’s founder and chief executive, Will Shu, are due to expire in April 2024.
Citi noted that Shu’s share structure currently gives him around 5% to 6% ownership but around 51% to 56% share of votes.
At 0840 BST, the shares were up 6.6% at 123.20p.