|Bid||292.00 x 0|
|Ask||372.00 x 0|
|Day's range||246.00 - 348.30|
|52-week range||244.80 - 397.80|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.90|
|PE ratio (TTM)||14.74|
|Earnings date||02 Jul 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||N/A (N/A)|
|Ex-dividend date||09 Apr 2020|
|1y target est||497.76|
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(Bloomberg) -- Some of London’s most influential investors are giving U.K. companies extra time to find new board members because of the coronavirus crisis, potentially offering a group of long-standing chairmen an unexpected extension to their careers.Legal & General Investment Management will allow London-listed companies an additional 12 months to replace directors coming to the end of their recommended tenures, it said in response to Bloomberg queries.That could affect companies ranging from wireless giant Vodafone Group Plc to $5 billion packaging producer DS Smith Plc, whose chairmen are close to the maximum nine-year length of service laid out in the U.K.’s guidebook for strong governance.“As a long-term investor, LGIM will be flexible in its policies,” said Angeli Benham, an environmental, social and governance manager at the investment firm, which oversees about 1.1 trillion pounds ($1.4 trillion) globally. “We acknowledge that the current environment may hamper the nominations committee’s ability to appoint the best candidates.”There are 15 companies in the FTSE 350 Index with a combined market value of about $130 billion where the chairman is due for a change after being in position for eight to 10 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.LGIM’s views hold sway, as it’s the biggest U.K. fund manager by assets and a dominant voice on corporate governance. The firm holds average stakes of about 2.5% in the country’s biggest companies.Extra TimeIt joins Federated Hermes Inc., which has also modified its voting policies for the 2020 season of shareholder meetings in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.“Companies facing unprecedented challenges require strong and stable leadership,” Hans-Christoph Hirt, the asset manager’s head of equity ownership services, wrote in an April 15 letter to listed company executives. “We will therefore be more flexible around the re-election of key directors to avoid unplanned disruption to board composition at this critical time.”RELX Plc, the $43 billion publisher that owns the LexisNexis database, said last month that it will take longer than expected to find a new chairman. The company first announced in February that Anthony Habgood, 73, had decided to retire from the board after more than a decade at the helm.“I don’t think there’s a huge demand to move on with this process right now,” Paul Abrahams, a spokesman for RELX, said by phone. “Anthony’s track record of value creation has been exceptional.”Seeking ContinuityAircraft parts supplier Meggitt Plc is also postponing a change, telling investors in March that chairman Nigel Rudd will stay until further notice to provide continuity during the Covid-19 outbreak. Rudd, who was appointed in 2015, had announced the previous month that he plans to step down after a successor is found.Other companies are in the process of hunting for candidates. Vodafone said in May last year it’s seeking a successor for Gerard Kleisterlee, who will hit nine years as chairman this July. DS Smith also announced last year it would seek a replacement for chairman Gareth Davis, whose term ends in January 2021. Intertek Group Plc, the $9 billion certification firm, is also due to find a new chairman as incumbent David Reid has been in place for more than eight years.A spokesperson for Vodafone said a search is ongoing, while representatives for DS Smith and Intertek declined to comment.Diversity PushThe hunt for fresh talent comes at a time when U.K. companies have been called out for their lack of female directors. Companies need people with new ideas and different experiences to make the best decisions in coming months, said Denise Wilson, chief executive officer of the Hampton-Alexander Review.There were twenty female chairmen of FTSE 250 companies as of October last year, up from 11 in 2017, according to the group, which lobbies for increased female representation on U.K. boards.“The coronavirus must not be used as an excuse to halt progress on improving gender diversity on boards,” said Brenda Trenowden, a partner at PwC U.K. and global co-chair of the 30% Club, the diversity campaign group. “It is important to keep a new generation of chairs coming through despite the difficult challenges businesses are obviously facing.”Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg News’s parent company Bloomberg LP, is the founding chairman of the U.S. chapter of the 30% Club.Establishing RapportThe Financial Reporting Council, the industry body that sets the U.K. Corporate Governance Code, requires companies that don’t comply with its director tenure limits to explain their reasons to investors. The code, which has been around in various forms since 1992, exists to help ensure chairmen and non-executive directors effectively carry out independent scrutiny of a company’s management.A representative for the FRC said there has been no change to its guidelines since the coronavirus outbreak.Some companies keep board members longer than recommended even during normal times. Pub owner Mitchells & Butlers Plc said in December that chairman Bob Ivell will stay past the usual limit, as it believes his industry knowledge is “invaluable” and his tenure hasn’t impacted his independence. Tim Martin, chairman of rival bar operator J D Wetherspoon Plc, has been in his role for more than 37 years.Search processes for new chairmen continue, though companies are holding off from actually making appointments, according to Will Dawkins, who leads the U.K. board practice at recruitment firm Spencer Stuart.“It’s very hard to establish that relationship with the CEO without actually meeting,” Dawkins said. “It’s common sense for chairs to stay on for a little more time at the moment, so long as there are no other difficulties within the company.”(Updates with details of board diversity push from 14th paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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William Hill announced earlier in February that Adrian Marsh, Finance Director at DS Smith, would join the company later in the year and help steer it through regulatory hurdles in its home market. Ruth Prior, who is currently serving her notice period at William Hill and was also set to make a move to the private equity sector by joining Element Materials Technology, will continue in the CFO role.
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The company has been grappling with volatility in paper pricing and falling demand in its industrial packaging business, particularly hit by weakness in the automotive sector in Germany and the Benelux region. The company, which makes corrugated cardboard and recycled paper, posted a growth of just 0.7% in box volumes in the first half, missing Jefferies expectations of a growth of 1.4%. "Our leadership in e-commerce and sustainable packaging solutions has enabled us to perform well despite a difficult macro environment and volatility in paper pricing," Chief Executive Miles Roberts said.