Elon Musk and Twitter are nearing a deal over his US$43 billion takeover offer

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    By Huileng Tan and Isobel Asher Hamilton, Insider

    26th April 2022 – (New York) Twitter is nearing a deal with Elon Musk over his $43 billion offer to acquire the social-media company, according to multiple reports.

    The two sides met Sunday to discuss the deal proposed by Musk, ReutersThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times said, each citing sources familiar with the matter. An agreement could be finalized as soon as Monday but there’s no guarantee a deal will be sealed, The Journal said.

    The deal talks represent a significant thawing of Twitter’s earlier position on Musk’s bid. On Monday last week, the company laid out a so-called “poison pill” defense to block Musk’s offer. However, by Thursday, Musk had detailed financing plans to secure as much as $46.5 billion in financing, which prompted Twitter’s board to seriously consider his offer, sources told The New York Times.

    Twitter executives met Sunday to re-examine Musk’s takeover offer before talks began later with the billionaire, Reuters reported.

    Twitter declined to comment.

    Negotiations between Musk and the board ran into the early hours of Monday, and Twitter was nearing a deal with Musk albeit the situation was fluid, The Times reported, citing two sources.

    Twitter has not secured a “go-shop” agreement that would allow the company to solicit other bids after a deal is signed, Reuters reported, citing unnamed sources.

    Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush, said in a note to clients Sunday that Wall Street would interpret news of the deal talks as “the beginning of the end for Twitter as a public company, with Musk likely now on a path to acquire the company unless a second bidder comes into the mix.”

    Ives added: “The board could officially reject Musk’s bid and then a hostile tender offer will likely begin this week, putting further pressure on the board with their back against the wall in this Game of Thrones battle for Twitter.”

    Musk has previously made cryptic references to a possible tender offer, which would involve him appealing directly to shareholders to buy up their stock above market price, circumventing Twitter’s board.

    In early April, Musk disclosed he held a 9.2% stake in Twitter. Soon after, he offered to buy Twitter outright for $54.20 a share.

    The Tesla billionaire said he was motivated to buy Twitter because he believes Twitter doesn’t serve “free speech” as a public company.

    Musk has established three holding companies that appear to be part of his plan to acquire Twitter.

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