April 29, 2022 | Media | North America | Ended

Twitter / Elon Musk: Deal Insights

After a couple of chaotic weeks, Twitter’s board has now accepted Elon Musk’s “best-and-final” $54.20 per share offer to take the social network private. Discussions over the deal, which initially appeared uncertain, accelerated over the weekend of the 24-Apr-22 after Musk publicly disclosed more details about the financing of his offer. Events unfolded quickly after Musk, who owns Tesla, Space X, and several other companies, made the surprising announcement on 4-Apr-22 that he had purchased a 9.1% stake in Twitter, worth $2.9bn, making him the single largest shareholder in the company. The next day, Twitter announced that Musk was joining the board, but days after, he declined the seat. Then, on 14-Apr-22, he came back with a proposed bid for $44bn. Twitter initially said it would review the deal, but then implemented a “poison pill” mechanism to create a roadblock to Musk buying more shares and to allow it more time to decide how it wanted to move forward. Under this takeover defence plan, if any person or group would acquire beneficial ownership of at least 15% of Twitter’s outstanding common stock without board approval, all other shareholders will be allowed to purchase preferred, discounted ...

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