Elon Musk has valued Twitter at $20 billion, less than half of the $44 billion he paid to acquire the social media platform. Musk made the announcement in a memo to staff, stating that employees would receive stock grants based on Twitter’s current valuation.
Musk’s $54.20 per share purchase
Musk made headlines last year when he revealed that he was “obviously overpaying” for Twitter at a cost of $54.20 per share. Price was cited as one of the reasons why he attempted to back out of the deal last year, claiming that the company made false and misleading statements about the presence of bots on the platform.
Path to $250 billion valuation
In his memo, Musk reportedly sees “a clear but difficult path” to achieving a $250 billion valuation for Twitter, which would make the current stock grants worth ten times as much as they are now. This plan, however, is subject to many uncertainties.
Musk reportedly views Twitter as an “inverse startup” due to the changes he made to the platform to save it from bankruptcy. The new $20 billion valuation is likely a reflection of the challenges that emerged due to some of these changes, such as the new Blue with verification subscription that led to a wave of fake accounts and a “general amnesty” policy that brought back some of Twitter’s worst users.
Advertiser loss and financial issues
Twitter has lost some of its biggest advertisers since Musk’s acquisition, with over half of the top 1,000 advertisers on Twitter no longer showing ads on the platform. This has not helped the company resolve some of its financial issues, including its mountain of debt and unpaid bills allegedly owed to landlords, advisory firms, private jet companies, and others.
Elon Musk’s valuation of Twitter at $20 billion, less than half of what he paid for it, reflects the challenges that emerged due to the radical changes he made to the platform. While he sees a difficult path to achieving a $250 billion valuation, this plan is subject to many uncertainties. Twitter’s loss of its biggest advertisers and its financial issues may continue to be a problem for the company in the future.
- Why did Elon Musk overpay for Twitter?
- Musk believed that Twitter had potential and valued it more than others did.
- What was the reason for Musk’s attempt to back out of the Twitter deal?
- Musk claimed that Twitter made false and misleading statements about the presence of bots on the platform.
- What is Musk’s vision for Twitter’s valuation?
- Musk sees a clear but difficult path to achieving a $250 billion valuation for Twitter.
- What are the financial issues that Twitter is facing?
- Twitter is facing a mountain of debt and unpaid bills allegedly owed to various parties.
- How have advertisers responded to Musk’s acquisition of Twitter?
- Over half of the top 1,000 advertisers on Twitter no longer show ads on the platform since Musk’s acquisition.