Elon Musk Raises $7B More For Twitter Bid, Talking With Jack Dorsey About Founder Keeping A Stake
Elon Musk has unveiled a group of investors that together will provide about $7.14 billion in financing commitments for his pending $44-billion acquisition of Twitter, and said he’s talking to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey about sticking around as part owner.
See table below for the institutions (from Sequoia Capital to Qatar Holding to (Oracle founder’s) Lawrence J. Ellison Revocable Trust and their contributions, which will come “at or immediately prior to the closing of the merger,” Musk said Wednesday in an SEC filing.
Musk’s talks with Dorsey and some other Twitter stockholders are ongoing about the possibility of their contributing shares of common stock to retain an equity investment following the merger, which will take the company private. At least one, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, has committed to contribute his circa 35 million Twitter shares (at $54.20 a share) to retain an equity investment.
The investors – 18 in all — have shifted a bit the complexion of Musk’s original financing, which included a debt commitment letter from Morgan Stanley and other senior institutions for an aggregate amount of $12.5 billion in margin loans. That commitment has now been reduced to $6.25 billion, the filing said.
Musk’s filing noted that he may still continue to receive additional financing commitments that would replace portions of the financing commitments previously announced.
The billionaire Tesla founder had initially raised $21 billion himself to help finance his bid. Musk owns more than 73 million shares, or about a 9.3% stake. Twitter’s board agreed last month to accept his offer to buy the social media platform. The deal is expected to close this year.
The investors/equity commitments include:
A.M. Management & Consulting $25,000,000
AH Capital Management, L.L.C. (a16z) $400,000,000
Aliya Capital Partners LLC $360,000,000
BAMCO, Inc. (Baron) $100,000,000
DFJ Growth IV Partners, LLC $100,000,000
Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC $316,139,386
Honeycomb Asset Management LP $5,000,000
Key Wealth Advisors LLC $30,000,000
Lawrence J. Ellison Revocable Trust $1,000,000,000
Litani Ventures $25,000,000
Qatar Holding LLC $375,000,000
Sequoia Capital Fund, L.P. $800,000,000
Strauss Capital LLC $150,000,000
Tresser Blvd 402 LLC (Cartenna) $8,500,000
Witkoff Capital $100,000,000
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