Elon Musk bids for 100% control of Twitter [Video]

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Elon Musk made a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commision:

Here is some information excerpted from the filing, which you can see in full by following the linked text above [Edits in square brackets my own. – SH]:

Explanatory Note: This statement on Schedule 13D amends the Schedule 13D of Elon Musk (the “Reporting Person”) that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 5, 2022, as amended on April 11, 2022 (collectively, the “Schedule 13D”), with respect to the Common Stock of Twitter Inc. (the “Issuer’). This amendment to the Schedule 13D constitutes Amendment No. 2 to the Schedule 13D. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings given to such terms in the Schedule 13D. Except as set forth herein, the Schedule 13D is unmodified.

Item 4.     Purpose of Transaction.

Item 4 of the Schedule 13D is amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

On April 13, 2022, the Reporting Person [Elon Musk] delivered a letter to the Issuer (the “Letter”) which contained a non-binding proposal (the “Proposal”) to acquire all of the outstanding Common Stock of the Issuer not owned by the Reporting Person for all cash consideration valuing the Common Stock at $54.20 per share (the “Proposed Transaction”). This represents a 54% premium over the closing price of the Common Stock on January 28, 2022, the trading day before the Reporting Person began investing in the Issuer, and a 38% premium over the closing price of the Common Stock on April 1, 2022, the trading day before the Reporting Person’s investment in the Issuer was publicly announced.

The Proposal is non-binding and, once structured and agreed upon, would be conditioned upon, among other things, the (i) receipt of any required governmental approvals; (ii) confirmatory legal, business, regulatory, accounting and tax due diligence; (iii) the negotiation and execution of definitive agreements providing for the Proposed Transaction; and (iv) completion of anticipated financing.

There can be no assurance that a definitive agreement with respect to the Proposal will be executed or, if executed, whether the transaction will be consummated. There is also no certainty as to whether, or when, the Issuer may respond to the Letter, or as to the time table for execution of any definitive agreement. The Reporting Person reserves the right to withdraw the Proposal or modify the terms at any time including with respect to the amount or form of consideration. The Reporting Person may, directly or indirectly, take such additional steps as he may deem appropriate to further the Proposal.

If the Proposed Transaction is completed, the Common Stock would become eligible for termination of its registration pursuant to Section 12(g)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and would be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Letter, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit B and is incorporated herein by reference.

The Reporting Person has engaged Morgan Stanley as its financial advisor.

So yes, it is official. Elon Musk is putting in a bid to completely buy out Twitter, offering a huge premium price that is some thirty percent higher than Twitter is currently trading at. As of the time of this report, I see this:

Investors do not seem to be very moved, though the stock did open higher at first today.

What does it mean if Musk succeeds?

Well, it could mean anything, but Elon kind of gives light to his thought in his own statement, so let’s refer to that. It is actually in the document I linked to at the beginning of this piece:

Bret Taylor, Chairman of the Board,

I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.

However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.

As a result, I am offering to buy 100% of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash, a 54% premium over the day before I began investing in Twitter and a 38% premium over the day before my investment was publicly announced. My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.

Twitter has extraordinary potential.  I will unlock it.

/s/ Elon Musk

Elon Musk

As I indicated this weekend, I believe that the company should be private to go through the changes that need to be made.

After the past several days of thinking this over, I have decided I want to acquire the company and take it private.

I am going to send you an offer letter tonight, it will be public in the morning.

Are you available to chat?

1. Best and Final:
a. I am not playing the back-and-forth game.
b. I have moved straight to the end.
c. It’s a high price and your shareholders will love it.
d. If the deal doesn’t work, given that I don’t have confidence in management nor do I believe I can drive the necessary change in the public market, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.
i. This is not a threat, it’s simply not a good investment without the changes that need to be made.
ii. And those changes won’t happen without taking the company private.
2. My advisors and my team are available after you get the letter to answer any questions
a. There will be more detail in our public filings. After you receive the letter and review the public filings, your team can call my family office with any questions.

It’s good to be the richest guy in the world. It is even better when the richest guy in the world shares values like some of us regular people the elites seem to feel are “fit to be ignored.”

Dr Steve Turley offers more comment.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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April 14, 2022

Sad that a country with a written constitution is relying on a rich person to establish a right they already have. Ironic that the presenter uses free speech to project misinformation about Russia. Relying on E. Musk and other rich people, you will have problems.

Little Boots
Little Boots
April 14, 2022

Is this acquisition a way to champion free speech or is a platform like twitter not a god-send to kickstart a wavering doge crypto currency? Moreover one can’t forget the many times he’s used his tweets to illegally influence the markets. The “white” Nelson Mandela and champion of middle classes might float with the FOX and GETTR crowds but i tend to follow the money. And that money path suggests he’s simply full of *iss and wind as well as of himself.

April 15, 2022

Don’t be surprised if this turns out to be another pump and dump from Elon.

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