Oshkosh shares jump after Icahn overture to management

NEW YORK Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:28pm EDT

Investor Carl Icahn speaks at the Wall Street Journal Deals & Deal Makers conference, held at the New York Stock Exchange, June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Chip East

Investor Carl Icahn speaks at the Wall Street Journal Deals & Deal Makers conference, held at the New York Stock Exchange, June 27, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Chip East

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oshkosh Corp (OSK.N) shares jumped more than 8 percent in extended trade after Carl Icahn said he wants to meet with the specialty truck maker's management to discuss enhancing shareholder value.

Icahn, a billionaire investor who has agitated for big changes at companies in the past, held 9.51 percent of the company's shares as of June 20, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Oshkosh shares were trading at $31.35 in after-hours dealings. They jumped as high as $31.92, or more than 10 percent, after closing at $28.90 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Enhancing shareholder value is a term frequently used to indicate that a company could make major changes to its business to boost its stock price.

The company, which makes everything from tactical vehicles for the military to fire and emergency equipment and cement mixers, in April cut its defense segment outlook on U.S. defense spending pressures and strained municipal budgets that curbed demand for its products.

The share price had been as high as $40.11 in early February.

Thursday's closing price was nearly down 17 percent year-to-date, in contrast with a 5 percent gain in the S&P 500 index .SPX

Calls to Oshkosh were not immediately returned.

(Reporting by Lynn Adler. Editing by Robert MacMillan, Bernard Orr)

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