Twitter stock closed more than 22% higher yesterday following Elon Musk’s announcement that he intends to close his $44 billion buyout of the social media company at $54.20 per share. The Tesla CEO discussed his decision on Twitter, noting that purchasing the social media platform will speed up the creation of “X, the everything app.”
When faced with comments from Twitter users who noted that it probably would have been easier to just create “X” from scratch, Musk explained that acquiring Twitter probably accelerates the creation of the everything app by about 3-5 years. Musk highlighted, however, that he may be incorrect in his assumptions.
Wall Street analysts have shared their thoughts on the developments from yesterday and Musk’s unexpected announcement. Stifel analysts, for example, noted that building an “all-in-one” app is really the only way forward for Musk at this point.
“We believe the company he may soon own is considerably less attractive at this point, with a steady drumbeat of departures across the ranks and a product that has been in limbo since April when the deal was originally announced. As such, utilizing the underlying technology as a means to create a “new” platform is a must, in our view,” Stifel analysts remarked in a note.
Wedbush, for its part, noted that Musk’s announcement is likely due to Elon Musk realizing that he is unlikely to win his case against Twitter.
“This is a clear sign that Musk recognized heading into Delaware Court that the chances of winning vs. Twitter board was highly unlikely and this $44 billion deal was going to be completed one way or another. Being forced to do the deal after a long and ugly court battle in Delaware was not an ideal scenario and instead accepting this path and moving forward with the deal will save a massive legal headache,” Wedbush noted.
This sentiment seems shared by Stifel analysts as well.
“This is yet another surprising twist in the ongoing back and forth between the company and Mr. Musk, but it’s likely the last change of course, in our view. We find it hard to believe that Musk is more comfortable with the growing list of concerns he highlighted as a means to back away from the proposed transaction (bots, spam, security concerns) and we believe he had come to the realization that he would likely be forced to proceed in the end,” the analysts noted.
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