The Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a bid on Twitter Inc., according to a new Bloomberg report.
The acquisition would make sense for a lot of reasons. For starters, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is on the board of the Walt Disney Company. It also happens to be one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world as it owns ABC, ESPN, A&E Network, and several other major media platforms. The company also has a 30 per cent ownership stake in Hulu and 10 per cent in Vice Media. Parks and resorts only make up 20 per cent of Disney’s profit.
From (high-up) people I've spoken to internally at Twitter, I've always heard Disney is the dream suitor. https://t.co/CBAqGaLe2Q
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) September 26, 2016
Disney’s rumoured acquisition comes hot on the heels of a CNBC report last week claiming Twitter was talking with Salesforce, Google, and other organisations about possible takeovers of the company. As the New York Times reported, discussions were in the early stages and there were no guarantees that Twitter would actually be acquired by anyone. TechCrunch added that Microsoft and Verizon were also looking at placing a bid on the company.
Rumours of a possible acquisition sent Twitter’s stock soaring by about 21 per cent on Friday, and when news hit about Disney’s possible acquisition today, the stock climbed even higher. Ahead of the rumours, Twitter’s stock had been down by about 20 percent because critical investors felt Twitter hasn’t done enough to monetise its 300 million monthly active users.
Wall Street's reaction to the "Disney buying Twitter" rumour: pic.twitter.com/DPBoukMp6X
— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) September 26, 2016
So how much would it cost for a company like Disney to buy a company like Twitter? It depends on who you ask. Recode suggests that the range could be anywhere between $18 billion to $30 billion. Disney CEO Bob Iger is no stranger to huge acquisitions, either, as he boldly led the company through the acquisition of Pixar studios for $7.4 billion in 2006.
The Walt Disney Company has a long, storied history of successfully buying and growing media companies, and that’s what Twitter desperately needs right now. The more your look at the upside, the more this acquisition starts to make a whole lot of sense for everyone involved.