Elon Musk on Tuesday disclosed in six filings that he sold $6.85 billion worth of Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares on Aug. 5. He later took to Twitter to clarify that the disposals were a preemptive move to mobilize funds to finance a “hopefully unlikely” Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) deal, if it is enforced and some equity partners don’t come through.
“It is important to avoid an emergency sale of the Tesla stock,” he added.
Analysts, however, had a different take on it.
Elon Wants It: Black: At this point it is clear that Musk wants to buy Twitter and that both parties are willing to settle for a lower price, rather than going through the tedium of a trial, Future Fund founder Gary Black said on Twitter.
Black is in the camp of those who are opposed to Musk taking Twitter private.
A poll Black ran on Tuesday ahead of the disclosure of Musk’s stock sale overwhelmingly returned the response that renegotiating a lower price is the most likely outcome of the deal. He suggested a likely cut back to $50-$51 per share
Black is a Tesla bull and his firm’s flagship fund The Future Fund Active ETF (NYSE:FFND) has Tesla as its top holding.
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Chances Of Twitter Deal More Likely: Dan Ives Although Musk said in late April he is done with his Tesla stock sale, the situation has changed dramatically, heading into a Delaware Court trial scheduled for October, Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said.
The Street believes that the odds are stacked against Musk winning the legal fight, the analyst said.
Given the higher chances of the Twitter deal going through, the analyst raised his fair value estimate for Twitter shares from $30 to $50.
“We can also see Musk trying to resolve this powder keg situation before the Twitter deal officially heads to court in October,” the analyst said.
At a minimum, Twitter will get a massive settlement in the $5 billion to $10 billion range that is starting to be factored into the stock, he added.
Ives sees the following scenarios likely playing out:
- Deal terminated and Musk pays a $1 billion breakup fee
- “Specific performance” upheld by the court, forcing Musk to buy Twitter at $54.20/share
- Musk having to settle or pay significant damages to Twitter, likely ranging from $5 billion to $10
- Musk winning in Delaware and paying no breakup fee
Ives has a Neutral rating on Twitter shares.
In premarket trading Wednesday, Tesla stock was soaring 3.06% to $876, according to Benzinga Pro data.
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