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Wendy’s stock rallies 15% as Nelson Peltz’s hedge fund Trian discloses plans for possible sale

By Wallace Witkowski

Wendy’s Co. shares rallied in the extended session Tuesday after Nelson Peltz’s activist hedge fund Trian Partners disclosed it has talked with the fast-food company’s board about plans for a possible sale of the company.

In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing late Tuesday, Trian disclosed it had advised the board it intends “to explore and evaluate the possibility” of a “potential transaction with respect to the company to enhance shareholder value.” Trian owns 19.4% of Wendy’s (NAS:WEN) 214.4 million outstanding shares.

Wendy’s shares surged 15% after hours, following a 2.3% decline to close the regular session at $16.27. At Tuesday’s close, shares are down 30% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 index (S&P:SPX) is off 6.1%.

”Such a potential transaction could include an acquisition, business combination (such as a merger, consolidation, tender offer or similar transaction) or other transaction that would result in the acquisition of control of the company by the filing persons and/or their affiliates,” according to the filing .

Of the 41.2 million shares owned by Trian, Peltz directly owns nearly 10 million shares, while Trian founding partner and President Peter May directly owns 5.5 million shares.

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