Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter
Billionaire Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for about $US41 billion ($A55 billion), just days after rejecting a seat on the social media company’s board.
Musk’s offer price of $US54.20 per share, which was disclosed in a regulatory filing on Thursday, represents a 38 per cent premium to Twitter’s April 1 close, the last trading day before the Tesla CEO’s more than 9 per cent stake in the company was made public.
Twitter’s shares jumped 12 per cent in premarket trading.
“Since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company,” Musk said in a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor.
“My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder,” Musk said.
Earlier this week, Musk said he had abandoned a plan to join Twitter’s board, just as his tenure was about to start. Taking the board seat would have prevented him from a possible takeover of the company.Reuters