Are Wm. Morrison Supermarkets plc And J Sainsbury plc At The Mercy Of Activist Shareholders?

In 2007, Sainsbury’s (LSE: SBRY) (NASDAQOTH: JSAIY.US) share price approached £6 on a bid from Qatar Holding. Qatar remains the largest shareholder with a 26% stake, and with the share price languishing at around £3.60, Qatar could well try again. Elsewhere, there are rumours that the CEO of Morrisons (LSE: MRW) (NASDAQOTH: MRWSY.US) will soon announce something along the lines of selling off property to a third-party and then leaseback the space as a tenant, but the idea has already attracted hedge funds keen to make sure he does. Here, Owain Bennallack explains why he thinks investors could “get paid” to wait for activists to successfully shake things up and unlock some capital gains, too…

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> Owain owns shares in both Morrisons and Sainsbury's. The Motley Fool has recommended shares in Morrisons.