Elon Musk has secured about $7.1 billion of new financing commitments for his proposed $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc., winning the backing of some of the world’s largest investors.
The commitments come as the Tesla Inc. billionaire marshals capital to bankroll one of the biggest tech industry takeovers. The investors named in the filing on include crypto exchange Binance, Brookfield, Fidelity Management & Research and Qatar Holding.
Musk has also won the support of fellow entrepreneur and Oracle Corp. co-founder Larry Ellison, who has a big stake in Tesla and a seat on its board. Ellison’s trust has committed $1 billion to finance Musk’s takeover.
The world’s wealthiest person reached an agreement on April 25 to acquire Twitter using a financing plan that’s alarmed some Tesla investors. In addition to pledging tens of billions of dollars worth of his Tesla shares to support margin loans, Musk vowed to line up some $21 billion worth of equity. It’s been unclear how much of that would come from selling a portion of his Tesla stake. Musk has sold more than $8.5 billion of Tesla stock to finance the deal.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of the board at Kingdom Holding Company and one of Twitter’s largest backers, has now agreed to roll over his current investment. He previously rejected Musk’s bid, stating that it failed to come “close to the intrinsic value of Twitter.”
Musk is also in discussions with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey on contributing some of his shares toward the acquisition. A previously announced margin loan committed toward the deal was reduced to an aggregate principal amount of $6.25 billion from $12.5 billion.
|Musk’s New Backers||Commitment|
|A.M. Management & Consulting||$25 million|
|AH Capital Management, L.L.C. (a16z)||$400 million|
|Aliya Capital Partners LLC||$360 million|
|BAMCO, Inc. (Baron)||$100 million|
|DFJ Growth IV Partners, LLC||$100 million|
|Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC||$316.1 million|
|Honeycomb Asset Management LP||$5 million|
|Key Wealth Advisors LLC||$30 million|
|Lawrence J. Ellison Revocable Trust||$1 billion|
|Litani Ventures||$25 million|
|Qatar Holding LLC||$375 million|
|Sequoia Capital Fund, L.P.||$800 million|
|Strauss Capital LLC||$150 million|
|Tresser Blvd 402 LLC (Cartenna)||$8.5 million|
|Witkoff Capital||$100 million|