Twitter’s board of directors has issued what is frequently known as a “poison pill” maneuver to block Elon Musk’s buyout offer. This tactic blocks any such hostile takeover by stakeholders, providing a speedbump for Musk.
Following Musk’s public proposal to purchase the rights of Twitter for $43 billion, the social media platform’s board of directors has responded. The board is utilizing a new “shareholder rights plan” to seemingly fight off Musk’s bid.
The poison pill maneuver commonly enables certain shareholders the ability to purchase additional stock. This tactic often halts an outsider from seizing control of a company.
Earlier, Musk stated his proposal to purchase Twitter and take it private. In a letter to the board, Musk offered to pay $54.20 a share in cash. The Tesla CEO believes his offer was a suitable and enticing bid. Though, he notes that if his bid is not accepted, he “would need to reconsider [his] position as a shareholder.”
Musk purchased 9.2 percent of the company in March, according to an SEC filing he shared. This makes Musk the largest individual shareholder of the company. At the time, he was set to join Twitter’s board of directors before pulling out. In a public letter, Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal was unable to state why exactly Musk dropped out but did assure that it was “for the best.”
Over this entire ordeal, Musk has been outspoken about his plan in wanting to reevaluate the moderation of Twitter. Of course, that also came with other mentions that Twitter Blue subscribers should be verified and a number of other changes.
The situation between Twitter and Musk will undoubtedly continue over the weeks. We will have to see how it shakes out and hopefully, this can all be put behind us soon.
Source: AP News