1. Goldman's Waldron Says U.S. Tax Reform Boosts Shareholder Activism

    Goldman's Waldron Says U.S. Tax Reform Boosts Shareholder Activism

    LOS ANGELES, May 2 (Reuters) - U.S. companies with more cash on their balance sheets thanks to tax reform are coming under greater scrutiny from activist investors, a top Goldman Sachs Group Inc investment banker said this week...

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    1. There's excess cash for most companies laying on the balance sheet and shareholders are going to press for answers of what they are going to do with it.
    2. Is pressure going to mount to come out with a capital allocation plan that's fairly defined? How much is going into the business, how much is going to return capital to shareholders and how much will go to M&A?.
    3. We're seeing more (activist shareholder) campaigns this year than in the past three years.
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