Twitter: Elon Musk has his back by selling nearly $7 billion worth of Tesla shares

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Elon Musk (right) at a ceremony marking the start of production at the new Tesla factory on March 22 near Berlin. Photo: AFP/VNA/CVN

According to a document filed with the SEC, the American stock market policeman and published Tuesday evening, the multibillionaire offloaded approximately 7.9 million Tesla shares between August 5 and 9.

In a tweet published on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday August 10, he explained that he wished “avoid an emergency sale of Tesla shares“, in the scenario – which he hopes”unlikely“-, where he would be forced to buy Twitter and lose the support of some of his financial partners.

In April, he had already sold some 8.5 billion USD worth of shares in his automotive group to prepare for the acquisition of the social network.

At the time, Elon Musk had however assured that there would be no other sales of Tesla titles.

With now more than 15 billion USD in his pocket from these sales of stakes, the fiery entrepreneur, in the midst of a legal tussle over the broken promise of his takeover of Twitter, could prepare either to pay compensation , or ultimately finance the takeover, analysts said.

Musk may try to resolve this explosive situation before the trial date in October (…) with a massive amicable agreement“suggested Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities. The analyst believed that the chances of an agreement with Twitter possibly involving a payment”ranging from 5 to 10 billion USD” were “now more likely“.

Tesla shares rose 2.50% to $871.25 around 4:00 p.m. GMT. That of Twitter climbed 3.56% to 44.35 USD.

Elon Musk had challenged the boss of Twitter to publicly debate and prove the share of false accounts on the social network, a point of disagreement put forward by the multi-billionaire to withdraw his purchase offer. Elon Musk had signed a 44 billion USD agreement in April to buy Twitter, before breaking it unilaterally in early July.

The Tesla boss believes that Twitter lied about the proportion of automated accounts and spam on its platform, and even claims that the network has “fraud“, by voluntarily increasing the number of monetizable accounts.

Court battle

The multi-billionaire asked Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to “publicly discuss the percentage of fake accounts” and of “prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% fake or spam daily users“.

The legal battle has been launched: a trial is due to open on October 17 before the Delaware Court of Chancery, a court specializing in business law, and last five days.

As soon as the takeover agreement was broken, Twitter sued the richest man on the planet to force him to honor his promise. Elon Musk counterattacked, with a complaint in which he asks the court to release him from the agreement and order Twitter to pay him damages.

The chances that he will get out of it by paying only the indemnities for breaking the agreement (one billion USD), or that he will be declared in his rightful right, are considered very low by the experts.

Twitter shareholders must meet on September 13 to authorize or not this acquisition by Elon Musk, which would represent a substantial added value for shareholders. The Tesla boss originally pledged to offer $54.20 per Twitter share.

Between the general decline in the stock market in recent months, that of advertising revenue from social networks linked to the economic situation and public criticism from Elon Musk, the title of Twitter had collapsed to around 32 USD on July 11.

The electric vehicle maker for its part posted solid second quarter results at the end of July, with a profit of 2.3 billion USD, almost twice as much as the same period last year.

At the general meeting of shareholders on Thursday, which voted to divide the group’s securities by three on August 25 to make the action more accessible to small holders, Elon Musk had assured that the group was thinking of a buyback program. actions. The next day, he began to sell his own titles…”It doesn’t look very good for Musk“, commented Dan Ives.

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