Elon Musk has told Twitter employees that the company is losing so much money that “bankruptcy is not out of the question,” according to a report by The Information.
According to the Twitter boss, the platform which hasn’t turned a profit since 2019, has seen a “massive drop” in revenue”.
During the meeting Musk suggested that the company’s future depended on the success of the $8 per month Twitter Blue subscription service, which is currently being bombarded by bots, scammers, and impersonators.
“The reason we’re going hardcore on subscribers is to keep Twitter alive,” Musk said adding that “Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn.“
Summit News reports: Musk also announced that the company’s “work from anywhere” policy is now canceled, telling Platformer “If you can physically make it to an office and you don’t show up, resignation accepted.”
Banks balking at holding debt?
As Bloomberg notes, Wall Street banks that lent Musk $13 billion to fund Musk’s buyout have been quietly approaching hedge fundsto see if they would be interested in chunks of buyout debt at deeply discounted prices as low as 60 cents on the dollar – which would mark one of the deepest discounts in a decade.
In particular, the banks want to unload their $6.5 billion leveraged loan portion of the financing, and if the loans are trading at 60 cents, that implies everything below the secured tranche in the cap structure is impaired (more or less a donut), and the EV on the company is around $8 billion.
Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission has sounded the alarm over an exodus of top employees from the social media giant – the latest of whom was the company’s head of moderation and safety, Yoel Roth, who – as a longstanding left-leaning executive, provided some level cover for Musk.
The government watchdog agency said that it was “tracking the developments at Twitter with deep concern,” and that it’s considering taking action to ensure that the company is complying with a ‘consent order’ which requires the company to comply with certain privacy and security requirements related to allegations of past data misuse.