BOSTON (Reuters) - CtW Investment Group, an adviser to union pension funds, called on Walgreen Co WAG.N to provide more details about a change in projected earnings and questioned the U.S. drugstore chain operator’s appointment of an activist investor to its board.
Walgreen has faced pressure from many sides and last month scrapped a plan to move its tax domicile to Europe to save money.
It also replaced its chief financial officer in August, two days before it lowered an earnings projection.
In a Sept. 11 letter to Walgreen’s audit committee chair, CtW asked for more details such as when committee members learned the company’s performance was not on track.
The group also asked the board for changes that could make it easier for shareholders to elect certain directors. They cited the recent naming to the Walgreen board of Barry Rosenstein, who founded activist hedge fund Jana Partners. CtW said Jana’s presence could “further dilute the voice of long-term shareholders.”
CtW said it advises funds that own about 2.5 million Walgreen shares, less than 1 percent of those outstanding.
A Walgreen spokesman could not immediately comment. A Jana spokesman was not available to comment.
Reporting by Ross Kerber. Editing by Andre Grenon