Twitter Board Folds – “Unanimously Approves” Musk Taking Firm Private For $44 Billion

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden

Update (1445ET): With earnings right around the corner, and having seen the shares rally all day on leak after leak, Twitter shares were halted ‘news pending’ before new hit that billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk reaches deal to acquire Twitter for approximately $44B.

Full Press Release:

Twitter, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter.

Bret Taylor, Twitter’s Independent Board Chair, said, “The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon’s proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing. The proposed transaction will deliver a substantial cash premium, and we believe it is the best path forward for Twitter’s stockholders.”

Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s CEO, said, “Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world. Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important.”

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” said Mr. Musk.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”

Transaction Terms and Financing

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Twitter Board of Directors, is expected to close in 2022, subject to the approval of Twitter stockholders, the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Mr. Musk has secured $25.5 billion of fully committed debt and margin loan financing and is providing an approximately $21.0 billion equity commitment. There are no financing conditions to the closing of the transaction.

For further information regarding all terms and conditions contained in the definitive transaction agreement, please see Twitter’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed in connection with the transaction.

After the halt was lifted, TWTR shares traded up…

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11 thoughts on “Twitter Board Folds – “Unanimously Approves” Musk Taking Firm Private For $44 Billion

  1. It’s odd for a billionaire to care about free speech, especially online
    So.. I’m still on the fence about that being his true motivation

      1. Agreed. And I will never join Twitter, “free speech” or not. And let’s see how long this power-and- money-mad billionaire actually practices what he preaches…I’m not holding my breath here!

    1. I hate to be Debbie downer here but… what exactly does twitter make? Ego musketeer is one of the criminals, this is nothing more than smoke and mirrors look over here while we loot the treasury some more… pathetic. Its the same thing as that colostomy bag in a wheel chair in Texas shipping illegals to DC. woopty doo.

      1. He’s just the strawman propped up for the illusion of a “fair fight” and “resistance”. What a show…

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