Elliott’s Singer agrees with Buffett, Dimon on profit guidance

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(Reuters) – Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp Chief Executive Paul Singer said on Thursday he agreed with billionaire investor Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase Co (JPM.N) CEO Jamie Dimon that companies should move away from providing quarterly earnings guidance.

FILE PHOTO: Paul Singer, founder and president of Elliott Management Corporation, speaks at WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

“The main point was that they thought that quarterly guidance should be reduced or eliminated in an effort to make a net subtraction of short-termism in the corporate governance landscape. I happen to agree with that, my team agrees with that,” Singer told The Deal’s annual corporate governance conference in New York.

Buffett, who is chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N), and Dimon wrote in a Wall Street Journal column on Thursday that the pressure to meet short-term estimates has contributed to a fall in the number of U.S. public companies.

Companies often hold back spending on technology, hiring and research and development to meet quarterly earnings guidance that may be affected by factors outside the company’s control, they wrote.

Elliott often acquires stakes in companies as an activist shareholder, criticizing their financial performance and asking them to commit to changes.

Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Editing by Susan Thomas

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