U.S.-based Engine Capital LP says it supports a request by Simpson Oil Ltd. asking that Parkland conduct a review of strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company.

Parkland has said the review is unnecessary and does not consider the best interests of the majority of its shareholders.

Simpson owns about 20 per cent of Parkland's shares, while Engine Capital holds about 2.5 per cent.

Last year, Engine Capital urged Parkland to sell or spin off what it called "non-core assets'' and become a pure-play fuel and convenience retailer.

While Parkland rejected that suggestion, the company has made other changes including putting a number of other assets, such as certain retail locations, up for sale and making changes to its board.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2024.

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