Is Elon Musk Looking For A Way Out Of The Expensive Twitter Purchase? The deal is suspended, he wants to see data on the user base first. It is unclear whether he can get out so easily.
Tech billionaire Elon Musk put his deal to buy Twitter on hold on Friday. Musk wrote on Twitter that he first wanted to wait for calculations to show that accounts without real users actually account for less than five percent.
Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of usershttps://t.co/Y2t0QMuuyn
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2022
The online service published this estimate earlier in the week. Twitter stock quickly fell nearly a quarter in premarket trading after Musk’s tweet, to trade at around $34.50. The price later recovered somewhat to around $37. That’s a far cry from the $54.20 a share Musk had promised shareholders. The paper went out of business on Thursday at $45.08 – a sign of investor skepticism that Musk is actually going through with the deal.
Fake accounts on Twitter are known
The fact that there are fake accounts on Twitter shouldn’t have come as a surprise to Musk. Because he had declared as one of his goals for the Twitter purchase that he wanted to ban profiles that are used to send spam messages from the platform. It’s unclear whether Musk could use the accusation that Twitter provided inaccurate information about the number of fake accounts to exit the deal or lower his bid. After all, he had waived the usual check of the Twitter books before the agreement.
Twitter and Musk both agreed to a $1 billion fine if either side canceled the deal. But experts don’t think that means Musk can just change his mind without explanation and be off the hook with a billion dollars.
Musk spends $44 billion on Twitter
The boss of the electric car manufacturer Tesla had agreed with the Twitter board of directors on a deal worth around 44 billion dollars. But he is still dependent on enough shareholders wanting to sell him their shares. Twitter and Musk previously wanted to complete the acquisition by the end of the year. In the past few months, he has already bought a good nine percent stake in Twitter on the stock exchange.
In the past few days, other problems for the deal have also become apparent. Musk originally wanted to borrow around $12 billion of the purchase price, which would be secured with his Tesla shares. But after Tesla’s share price plummeted from around $1,000 to just $728, this plan became increasingly unfavorable to him. The financial service Bloomberg reported that Musk is looking for other financing options instead of the equity-secured loan.