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THG activist investor calls for the removal of its chair Lord Allen

THG activist investor calls for the removal of its chair Lord Allen

An activist investor in THG has demanded the removal of its chairman, Lord Charles Allen, because it continues pushing for a shake-up of the Manchester-based retail group.

Shareholder Kelso stated on Tuesday that it’ll vote towards Lord Allen’s reinstatement at its upcoming assembly, criticising a “lack of motion and readability” from the board crew on how they are going to increase THG’s share value.

Lord Allen, the former boss of ITV, was named chairman in 2022 with the job of overhauling THG’s construction, amid issues that CEO Matthew Moulding had an excessive amount of management over the enterprise.

Since then, Moulding has given up his contentious so-called golden share which allowed him to dam any try to take over the firm, together with a number of different company governance initiatives.


THG chair Lord Charles Allen (Rebecca Naden/PA)

But THG, which owns manufacturers reminiscent of Cult Beauty, Lookfantastic, Glossybox, Biossance and Illamasqua amongst others,  has additionally endured a troublesome buying and selling interval, having slashed 2,500 jobs since early 2022 and shedding £252 million final yr. That was an enchancment on a £549 million loss the yr earlier than.

Shares had been buying and selling at 75p on Tuesday, which is about 90% down on their worth when the firm listed in London in September 2020.

Kelso stated the inventory was at a “vital low cost”, citing a report by dealer Peel Hunt, which stated the shares must be at about 140p.

Lord Allen is unlikely to be unseated by Kelso’s calls alone. The activist investor owns 5.5 million shares in THG out of 1.33 billion, which means its shareholding is roughly 0.4% of the firm.

However, it stated it’s making the assertion in “the spirit of shareholder democracy … to encourage shareholder debate”.

Kelso was based in 2022 by former boss of Zeus Capital, John Goold, with the intention of growing the worth of listed corporations. Its chairman, Sir Nigel Knowles, can also be CEO at metropolis legislation agency DWF and previously of DLA Piper.

It has beforehand demanded that THG offload its Myprotein vitamin enterprise, figuring out the likes of Nestlé, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo as potential patrons.

The shareholder additionally doubled down on earlier calls that THG ought to change from an ordinary inventory market itemizing to a premium one. THG has beforehand said its intentions to make such a transfer, however has not but performed so.

Kelso wrote: “Whilst main strategic and structural points stay unaddressed, the poor share value can’t be blamed on the London Stock Exchange.

“As a outcome of the lack of progress we plan to vote towards the chair at the upcoming AGM.”

THG declined to remark.

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