Trump-linked SPAC quickly adjourns meeting as it seeks votes to delay merger with ex-president’s firm

The former US President announced his intention to create a new social media platform after he was banned from Facebook and Twitter last year.

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Digital World Acquisition Corp. adjourned its shareholder meeting after two minutes on Tuesday and said it will continue counting votes on whether to delay a merger with Trump’s media company.

Shares of DWAC were down 16%.

The special purpose acquisition company had a Sept. 8 deadline to take former President Donald Trump’s media company and its Truth Social platform public. The SPAC has previously warned that a failure to extend the merger deadline could force DWAC to liquidate. 

Earlier in the day, DWAC’s shares had plunged after Reuters reported that it failed to get enough shareholder votes to extend the deadline for its merger with Trump Media and Technology Group. The merger would give Trump’s company a cash infusion. Trump created Truth Social after he was banned from Twitter following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. 

Trump Media denied reports of financial strife that surfaced at the end of August. Trump Media and Technology Group told CNBC in a statement that Truth Social is continuing to grow and is bolstered by the recent addition of advertising to the platform.

“TMTG will continue cooperating with all stakeholders in connection with its planned merger, and hopes the SEC staff will expeditiously conclude its review free from political interference,” a spokesperson from the company wrote to CNBC.

DWAC warned investors that Trump’s volatile popularity could be a risk to the deal. The former president is also currently the subject of various investigations, including a probe into the removal of sensitive documents from the White House. Both DWAC and Trump Media are also under federal investigation for possible securities violations. 

DWAC needed 65% of shareholders to approve the extension. CEO Patrick Orlando says he controls 20% of shares through his ARC Investments but that many of the SPAC’s shareholders are retail investors.

Orlando has been on a media campaign and posting on Truth Social to drum up enough votes for the extension. DWAC is still trading above its liquidation price, which would pay out around $10 per share. There could be hope in “built in” extensions that Orlando has previously alluded to. Such an extension would require sponsors to add more cash to the company’s trust.

The result of the vote is expected to be announced Thursday.

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