When a publicly traded company goes private

M1 Team
M1 Team May 2, 2022
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A week ago, Elon Musk bought Twitter. Today, we’re breaking down the deal, covering details you may have not heard about, and explaining what happens to investors’ shares when a public company goes private.

We’re also talking about:

  • Investing in foreign companies
  • Why you should write, no matter your profession
  • The most effective way to learn anything



Last Monday, Twitter (TWTR) accepted Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company. During the dramatic negotiations, Musk became Twitter’s largest shareholder, declined a board seat, and skirted a poison pill.

The roughly $44 billion purchase is one of the largest activist investor takeovers of a publicly traded company. Under the terms of the deal, Twitter will become a private company and buy out shareholders at $54.20 per share.

Whether or not you’re currently invested in Twitter, here’s what happens when a company is taken private.

First, the board must negotiate a takeover deal with the activist investor (in this case, Musk). They then host a vote for shareholders to accept or reject that deal. Any investor who owns voting stock can vote, and those with larger holdings receive more voting power.

Twitter accepted Musk’s deal and issued a tender offer to its shareholders, requesting to purchase all outstanding stock at $54.20 a share.

Takeover deals like this can take months to complete. If it goes through, Twitter will be delisted from the stock exchange and no longer publicly tradable. And its shares? Investors will receive automatic cash payouts in their brokerage accounts.

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This week, take a moment to focus on:

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