Twitter CEO Elon Musk has offered new equity grants to employees that will vest after six months.
The stock grants come at a valuation of nearly $20 billion, less than half of the $44 billion that Musk had paid to acquire the social media platform, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an email to staff the publication had reviewed.
The company plans to offer a liquidity event in about a year, when workers can cash out some of their equity. The new grants will reportedly vest over four years.
In the email, Musk said he was optimistic about the company’s future. “I see a clear, but difficult, path to a >$250B valuation, meaning stock granted now would be worth ten times more,” he said.
The billionaire CEO also told the staff that Twitter is being reshaped so rapidly that the company “can be thought of as an inverse startup.” He added that radical changes have been necessary to ensure that Twitter won’t go bankrupt.
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Twitter has typically offered stock grants, which vests over several years, as part of employees’ compensation. Stock-based compensation has long been a popular way to attract talent at many tech companies, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In 2021, Twitter reportedly spent nearly $630 million on stock-based compensation. At the time, it had more than 7,500 full-time employees.
In February, Musk emailed staff, saying the company would “make significant stock and other compensation awards, based on performance” and that the team would receive more information on March 24.
Musk previously projected that Twitter would generate less than $3 billion in revenue this year. Taking into account the company’s $13 billion in debt, the $20 billion valuation implies a multiple of 11 times this year’s revenue to an implied enterprise value of $33 billion, according to The Information.