As Twitter Adopts a’ poison pill’ strategy to stop Elon Musk By forcing buying it, Tesla’s CEO is reportedly in talks with investors who can partner with them on acquiring the micro-blogging platform.
According to a report quoting sources in The New York Post, “a new plan involving the partners could be announced within days”.
This could be Musk’s ‘Plan B’, as he mentioned during a TED talk show this week to acquire 100 percent of Twitter for about $43 billion.
Musk “may join private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners, which plans to co-invest with him in 2018, when he is considering taking Tesla private”, the report said late Friday.
Silver Lake co-CEO Aegon Durban is a member of the Twitter board.
“During 2018 he led Musk’s deal team, unsuccessful attempts to take Tesla private,” the report said.
Silver Lake declined to comment on the report.
Twitter’s board of directors has unanimously adopted a limited-term shareholder rights plan following an unsolicited, non-binding offer by Musk to acquire Twitter.
The possession plan or “poison pill” strategy is used by a firm to deter or discourage a potentially hostile takeover. This gives existing shareholders the right to purchase additional shares at a discount, effectively reducing the ownership interest of a new and hostile party.
“But that bullet cannot deter other entities or individuals from acquiring up to 15 percent of their own shares in the company,” the report said.
“Those owners can partner with Musk to force a sale, change executive ranks, or push for other overhauls of the company,” it added.
Musk is one of Twitter’s largest shareholders with a 9.2 percent stake.
asset management firm pawn group Revealed last week that its funds now hold a 10.3 percent stake in Twitter, making it the largest shareholder.
Musk also started a new poll on Twitter with his nearly 82 million followers, with the subject line “Taking Twitter Private at $54.20 Should Be for the Shareholders, Not the Board”.
“Will endeavor to have as many shareholders as possible in privatized Twitter as permitted by law,” he posted.