Apr 14, 2022 - Economy

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion in cash

Elon Musk speaking in Texas on April 7.

Elon Musk speaking in Austin, Texas, on April 7. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images

Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share in cash, or about $43 billion, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday.

Why it matters: The move, which Musk called his "best and final offer," comes after the billionaire has repeatedly criticized Twitter, disclosed a 9.2% stake in the social media company and backed out of joining its board of directors.

What they're saying: "As I indicated this weekend, I believe that the company should be private to go through the changes that need to be made," Musk told Twitter, per the filing.

  • "I am not playing the back-and-forth game. I have moved straight to the end. It's a high price and your shareholders will love it," he added.
  • "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."
  • Musk separately tweeted the move out to his 80 million-plus followers, saying: "I made an offer."

Twitter confirmed receiving an "unsolicited" offer from Musk, saying in a statement that its "Board of Directors will carefully review the proposal to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the Company and all Twitter stockholders."

Pricing: Musk is offering an 18.2% premium to where Twitter shares ended trading on Wednesday, and a 38% premium to where they traded before his ownership stake was disclosed. However, Twitter shares traded above $60 as recently as last October.

  • Musk does not disclose how he plans to pay for Twitter, as the total price would be north of $43 billion.
  • One possibility is that he has investment partners, although he does not say that in his letter. Another is that he plans to leverage his stock in Tesla, whose shares are down slightly in premarket trading on the Twitter news.
  • Musk famously got in trouble with securities regulators for writing that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private for $420 per share in 2018, when he did not. His offer to buy Twitter also includes the number 420, which can be used as a reference to smoking marijuana.
  • He later settled with the SEC, though he recently tried to back out of that deal.

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Editor's note: This article was updated with comment from Twitter and additional details on Musk's offer.

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