ADP Sets the Record Straight and Addresses Pershing Square's False and Misleading Claims With Facts
ADP's Annual Meeting of Stockholders is rapidly approaching on
Throughout this proxy contest,
Pershing Square Claims Vs. ADP Facts
Claim: ADP initiated the proxy fight.
* * *
* * *
Claim: CDK's margins are higher than ADP's and demonstrate that ADP is underachieving its margin expansion opportunity.
Fact: Margin comparisons between ADP and CDK Global are misleading. In its adjusted margin calculation, CDK excludes stock compensation, depreciation and amortization, and transformation expenses -- all of which are included in ADP's adjusted EBIT margin. When the two companies' FY 2017 margins are analyzed on a comparable basis by excluding pass-throughs, ADP's adjusted EBIT margin is actually 200 basis points higher than CDK's.
* * *
Claim: "Operational Margins" do not appropriately capture ADP profitability.
Fact: ADP's approach to calculating operational margin contribution is the most relevant way to assess progress in ADP's business. ADP expects operational margin contribution to adjusted EBIT margin of 500 basis points from FY 2017 to FY 2020. Isolating the impact of PEO pass-throughs and client funds on adjusted EBIT margin is consistent with margin disclosures historically provided in ADP's financial results and guidance, and best captures progress in ADP's underlying operations
* * *
Claim: ADP has lost thousands of Enterprise clients to competitors.
Fact: ADP's Enterprise client count between FY 2009 and FY 2017 has remained largely consistent and ADP's overall client retention has remained above 90% every year since FY 2011. ADP has also gained client share across every major category of the HCM market in which it competes, from FY2011 through FY2017.
* * *
Claim: ADP's labor productivity is flat.
Fact: ADP's investments in technology and service have resulted in ongoing productivity gains. From FY 2011 to FY 2017, ADP's gross revenue per full-time employee grew at a 2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to
* * *
Claim: ADP's technology is outdated and not competitive.
Fact: 83% of ADP clients are on cloud-based strategic platforms and ADP shifted its strategy to primarily focus on organic, innovation-driven growth and increased investment in R&D innovation from
* * *
Claim: ADP is not committed to reducing spend on legacy products.
Fact: ADP has retired/divested 13 major legacy platforms since FY 2011. During this period, ADP has shifted spend on innovation from 28% to 52% of its total R&D investment.
* * *
Claim: ADP has too many real estate locations and a sprawling and subscale current service structure.
Fact: ADP has consolidated 29 net operations locations in FY 2017 (55% of total planned exits) as part of its Service Alignment Initiative.
* * *
Claim: ADP's Total Shareholder Return (TSR) is overstated.
Fact: ADP's TSR has consistently outperformed the market. Since
* * *
Claim: ADP's Board is stale and needs fresh perspectives.
Fact: ADP has a deliberate program of refreshment to achieve a balance of leadership continuity and fresh perspectives -- since 2014 ADP has added four new independent Directors with additive skills aligned to ADP's strategy. The Board's average tenure as of the Annual Meeting is 6.8 years, well below the S&P 500 average of 8.3 years.
* * *
Claim: ADP's Board does not have the right talent.
Fact: ADP's Directors have a deep understanding of the HCM marketplace and ADP's competitive position. Seven of 10 Directors are current or former CEOs, CFOs, or COOs of major public companies. A number of Directors have significant technology experience and broad strategic planning and international expertise.
Investors are encouraged to review ADP's investor presentation for a comprehensive view of the company's strategy, management's strong execution and the Board's proactive stewardship. The presentation and other helpful materials are publicly available on ADP's Investor Relations website and at www.VoteADP.com.
Your vote requires an important decision about whether ADP has the right Board and the right strategy. ADP urges shareholders to protect their investment and vote using the WHITE proxy card to re-elect all of the Company's 10 highly qualified and experienced directors.
|Time is Short.
Please vote today online or by phone by following the directions on your WHITE proxy card.
If you have questions, or need assistance in voting your shares, please contact:
INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED
Shareholders Call Toll-Free:
Banks and Brokers Call Collect:
Discard any Gold proxy card that you may receive from
Returning a Gold proxy card -- even if you "withhold" on
About ADP (NASDAQ: ADP)
Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR. Talent. Benefits. Payroll. Compliance. Working together to build a better workforce. For more information, visit ADP.com.
ADP, the ADP logo and ADP A more human resource are registered trademarks of
Copyright © 2017 ADP, LLC. All rights reserved.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
This document and other written or oral statements made from time to time by ADP may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical in nature and which may be identified by the use of words like "expects," "assumes," "projects," "anticipates," "estimates," "we believe," "could," "is designed to" and other words of similar meaning, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's expectations and assumptions and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements or that could contribute to such difference include: ADP's success in obtaining and retaining clients, and selling additional services to clients; the pricing of products and services; compliance with existing or new legislation or regulations; changes in, or interpretations of, existing legislation or regulations; overall market, political and economic conditions, including interest rate and foreign currency trends; competitive conditions; our ability to maintain our current credit ratings and the impact on our funding costs and profitability; security or privacy breaches, fraudulent acts, and system interruptions and failures; employment and wage levels; changes in technology; availability of skilled technical associates; and the impact of new acquisitions and divestitures. ADP disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. These risks and uncertainties, along with the risk factors discussed under "Item 1A. - Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K should be considered in evaluating any forward-looking statements contained herein.
ADP, its directors and certain of its executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Company shareholders in connection with the matters to be considered at the Company's 2017 Annual Meeting. The Company has filed a definitive proxy statement and WHITE proxy card with the
(973) 974-5678 office
(973) 868-1000 mobile
News Provided by Acquire Media