Apollo has held discussions about backing a possible deal for Twitter and could provide Musk or another bidder — such as private-equity firm Thoma Bravo LP — with equity or debt to support an offer, The Wall Street Journal reported. However, CNBC reported that Apollo isn’t interested in being part of a private equity consortium that would acquire the social media company, and that any financing Apollo provides would likely come in the form of preferred equity.
Apollo, which has roughly $500 billion of assets under management and owns Yahoo, has also been evaluating potential cooperation between the online-media company and Twitter, The Wall Street Journal added.
Twitter is expected to reject Musk’s offer in the coming days, and a more detailed stance on the matter is expected on April 28, when the company is set to report earnings. Twitter was up 7.5% on April 18 and was up 0.1% in pre-market trading on April 19.
In an anticipated move, on April 15, Twitter’s board adopted a “poison pill” to counter Elon Musk’s bid for the social media platform — a “rights plan” intended to “enable all shareholders to realize the full value of their investment in Twitter.”
But while Twitter’s move was expected, Musk’s reply is less so. Some analysts have laid out the potential routes he now might take in what they call the “MMA battle for Twitter” — one that will become “a game of high stakes poker,” as GOBankingRates previously reported.
The richest man on the planet had offered to buy Twitter on April 14 for $54.20 per share in cash, “a 54% premium over the day before I began investing in Twitter and a 38% premium over the day before my investment was publicly announced,” according to a note included in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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