Elon Musk’s Twitter pays $300 million debt payment

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Elon Musk’s Twitter has made its first interest payment of $300 million on the $13 billion of debt used by the CEO to purchase the social media platform. The update was shared by individuals reportedly familiar with the matter. 

The social media platform reportedly settled the interest payment on Friday with a group of seven lenders led by Morgan Stanley. This first interest payment has been closely monitored as a test of Elon Musk’s financial management of Twitter, especially considering the company’s financial headwinds. 

Twitter received $13 billion in financing to fund Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company via a group of seven banks including Bank of America and Barclays, according to sources cited by the Financial Times. The package consisted of $6 billion in loans, around $7 billion in bridge loans, and an unsecured credit facility. The deal, valued at $44 billion, was completed in October.

While the controversy and drama surrounding Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has somewhat calmed down, estimates from Wall Street suggest that the Tesla and SpaceX CEO still overpaid for the social media company by a wide margin. Wedbush analysts estimated that Twitter is currently worth about $15 billion. If Wedbush’s analysis is accurate, it would suggest that Elon Musk overpaid by about $29 billion to acquire the company. 

Elon Musk, for his part, has maintained that Twitter’s finances — while still facing an uphill climb — are improving. In late December, Musk mentioned during a Twitter Spaces session that the social media company has about $1 billion in cash on its balance sheet. Musk also estimated then that Twitter was on track to roughly hit cash flow break-even following all the company’s optimization efforts. 

Since acquiring Twitter, Musk has initiated a massive cost-cutting initiative for the social media company. This involved laying off half of the company’s staff and cutting back on employee amenities. The drastic changes in Twitter’s management split netizens, with critics arguing that the social media company was poised to collapse amidst Musk’s mismanagement. Twitter remains operational and largely the same as before save for some new features that Musk’s team is rolling out in what appears to be a trial-and-error strategy. 

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Simon Alvarez: Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.
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