Breaking: Elon Musk Tells Banks He Could Crack Down on Executive and Board Pay in Attempt to Slash Costs

Breaking: Elon Musk Tells Banks He Could Crack Down on Executive and Board Pay in Attempt to Slash Costs

Elon Musk told several banks that agreed to back up his $44 million Twitter purchase that he has new plans for the company.

According to the reports, Musk says he has no confidence in the current management of the social media company.

Musk suggested he could crackdown on executive pay and board pay.

Elon Musk told banks that agreed to help fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) that he could crack down on executive and board pay at the social media company in a push to slash costs, and would develop new ways to monetize tweets, three people familiar with the matter said.

Musk made the pitch to the lenders as he tried to secure debt for the buyout days after submitting his offer to Twitter on April 14, the sources said. His submission of bank commitments on April 21 were key to Twitter’s board accepting his “best and final” offer.

Musk had to convince the banks that Twitter produced enough cash flow to service the debt he sought. In the end, he clinched $13 billion in loans secured against Twitter and a $12.5 billion margin loan tied to his Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) stock. He agreed to pay for the remainder of the consideration with his own cash.

Musk’s pitch to the banks constituted his vision rather than firm commitments, the sources said, and the exact cost cuts he will pursue once he owns Twitter remain unclear. The plan he outlined to banks was thin on detail, the sources added.

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