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Texas Instruments CEO signals alignment with Elliott’s proposals

In a move that has surprised many in the industry, Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton recently signaled alignment with activist investor Elliott Management’s proposals for the company. Elliott, a hedge fund known for its aggressive tactics in pushing for change at underperforming companies, has been pressuring Texas Instruments to increase shareholder value through a number of measures.

Templeton’s statement comes after months of speculation and tension between the company and Elliott, which owns a significant stake in Texas Instruments. In a letter to shareholders, Templeton acknowledged the need for change and outlined a number of initiatives that the company will be undertaking to address Elliott’s concerns.

One of the key proposals put forth by Elliott is for Texas Instruments to focus more on its core business of analog and embedded processing chips, and to consider divesting its underperforming businesses. Templeton signaled that the company will be taking a closer look at its portfolio and potentially making some strategic divestitures in the near future.

Another area of concern for Elliott has been Texas Instruments’ capital allocation strategy. The hedge fund has been critical of the company’s heavy reliance on share buybacks and dividend payments, arguing that more aggressive measures, such as acquisitions or debt reduction, could create more value for shareholders. In response, Templeton stated that Texas Instruments will be evaluating its capital allocation strategy and will consider making changes to better align with shareholder interests.

Overall, Templeton’s willingness to engage with Elliott and consider its proposals signals a significant shift in the company’s approach to governance and shareholder value. While some may view this as a concession to activist pressure, others see it as a positive step towards unlocking value and improving the company’s performance in the long term.

It remains to be seen how these proposals will be implemented and whether they will lead to the desired outcomes for Texas Instruments and its shareholders. However, Templeton’s willingness to listen to investor concerns and take action is a positive sign for the company’s future, and could potentially lead to a more focused and profitable business in the years to come.