Elon Musk’s shock supply to purchase Twitter for his authentic worth of $44 billion adopted shrewd maneuvers by a board member who — along with a giant stake in Twitter — additionally occurs to personal a piece of the New York Knicks and Rangers, sources inform The Publish.
Egon Durban — the founder and co-CEO of Silicon Valley hedge fund Silver Lake Companions, which owns about 10% of the Knicks and Rangers — took a hardline stance in negotiations with Musk when different administrators appeared prepared to take a settlement to finish the authorized standoff, sources near the scenario stated.
Forward of his supply to pay full worth for Twitter this Tuesday, Musk beforehand approached the corporate with a number of proposals to pay lower than $54.20 per share. Durban helped persuade fellow board members to not blink, sources stated.
“I know early on [Durban] never wanted to settle,” one supply near the scenario stated. “He wanted to make sure Elon was held accountable.”
Durban was additionally approached months in the past by Musk’s tremendous agent good friend Ari Emanuel, who tried in useless to dealer a settlement, sources stated. Information of Emanuel’s strategy was first reported by Bloomberg.
Durban’s powerful stance nonetheless seems evident in Twitter’s strategy to Musk’s current supply. The Delaware Courtroom of Chancery has ordered Musk to undergo with the unique deal by Oct. 28 or face Twitter’s lawsuit in court docket.
“It’s put up or shut up time for Elon,” a supply near the scenario stated of Twitter’s place. “He doesn’t get to renegotiate the merger. He just has to try to close.”
Sources stated Durban’s push for $54.20 per share comes largely from $1 billion in convertible Twitter shares that Silver Lake purchased in March 2020. Silver Lake can redeem the shares at $41.50 a chunk, based on regulatory filings.
Durban’s massive guess on Twitter might assist ship a payday for Silver Lake by offsetting any losses from this yr’s tech inventory crash.
If Musk finally ends up paying $54.20 a share, Silver Lake will log a 31% return over two and a half years, filings present. If Twitter had theoretically settled and accepted $48 per share, for instance, Silver Lake would have reported a way more modest 16% return.
Personal fairness companies like Silver Lake are extremely incentivized to ship double-digit returns on funds. If a fund delivers an annual return of 8% or extra, they sometimes can hold 20% of the earnings — but when the return is decrease than that threshold, the personal fairness agency doesn’t hold any of the earnings.
Durban’s agency additionally has a historical past with Musk. Musk employed Silver Lake in 2018 to guide his deal crew when he thought-about taking Tesla personal together with regulation agency Wachtell Lipton. Wachtell has additionally suggested Twitter in its tense negotiations with Musk.
Silver Lake, which owns a ten% stake within the Knicks and Rangers’ mother or father firm Madison Sq. Backyard Sports activities, declined to remark. Twitter additionally declined to remark.