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Elon Musk likely Twitter’s only option as buyout financing dries up



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Twitter’s settlement to promote itself for $44 billion to Elon Musk appears shaky — however the deal will be the struggling social community’s solely choice for a sale as buyout financing dries up amid hovering rates of interest and crashing inventory costs for tech firms, sources instructed The Publish.

Non-public fairness large Thoma Bravo — a tech-focused agency which had earlier been in talks with Musk a couple of potential joint bid for Twitter — just isn’t readying a rival bid within the occasion that Musk’s $44 billion Twitter takeover is terminated, sources near the state of affairs mentioned.

As reported by The Publish, Orlando Bravo’s agency in early April had expressed interest in buying Twitter, after which later partnering with Musk on his Twitter bid.

However that was a number of weeks in the past, and the leveraged financing marketplace for mega buyouts has since seized up, insiders mentioned. As such, it will be almost inconceivable for Thoma Bravo — or every other private-equity agency, for that matter — to boost the junior financing wanted to finish a leveraged buyout of Twitter, in line with one lending supply.

A spokesperson for Thoma Bravo declined to remark.

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Analysts have speculated that Elon Musk is both attempting to wiggle out of the deal altogether or lower the worth.

Twitter this week instructed its workers it isn’t keen on renegotiating Musk’s $54.20-a-share takeover agreement, who earlier this week stepped up questions on whether or not Twitter has correctly disclosed the share of bot accounts on the social community, sources mentioned.

Analysts have speculated that Musk is both attempting to wiggle out of the deal altogether or lower the worth. As reported by The Publish, earlier this week Musk’s SpaceX rocket firm staged a tender of stock in a bid to raise $1.25 billion. Insiders speculated that Musk may be seeking to elevate money for the Twitter buyout by means of the deal, which couldn’t instantly be confirmed.

Musk has been attempting to boost financing to cut back his private publicity to Twitter. Presently, he’s investing $19 billion within the buyout together with the $4 billion of Twitter inventory he purchased shortly earlier than reaching the merger settlement. His objective in April was to cut back his publicity to under $15 billion in complete, sources mentioned.

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Twitter is saying publicly and to its workers it isn’t keen on renegotiating Musk’s $54.20-a-share takeover settlement.

That $19 billion of publicity doesn’t embody the $6.25 billion that can be loaned in opposition to a few of his Tesla shares.

In the meantime, Musk’s relentless questioning of Twitter’s policing of spam and bots — together with posting a poop emoji in response to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s protection of the corporate’s practices earlier this week — is making it troublesome for him to seek out extra financing in what’s already a difficult lending market, sources mentioned.

“Debt can be rather a lot more durable to promote now that he has questioned Twitter’s consumer base,” the second lender mentioned. “He’s undermining their financials.”

Musk has been attempting to promote most popular shares in Twitter to Apollo International Administration and others to exchange a few of the junior debt he organized to finance the deal, a second lender with direct information of these talks mentioned.

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Musk posted a poop emoji in response to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s protection of the corporate’s practices earlier this week.
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Morgan Stanley has dedicated to loaning Twitter $3 billion in junior financing to help a Musk buyout. Now it doubtless wouldn’t be capable of resell that debt at any value, as banks sometimes do, the lender mentioned.

In response, Morgan Stanley is prone to cost Twitter the very best rate of interest allowed in its Musk contract, which might quantity to a crippling 12% and probably extra, the lender mentioned.

The merger settlement expires in October after which may very well be prolonged one other six months. So if Musk refused to execute the merger settlement Twitter might sue him to implement the contract subsequent spring.

Musk has additionally tweeted that he’s nonetheless dedicated to the April 25 deal. Whereas authorized consultants say he can be on shaky floor attempting to scrap it based mostly on Twitter’s disclosures on bots and spam, it’s debatable whether or not firm executives can be enthusiastic over protracted litigation to implement the phrases of the deal.