Trump Indictment Could Put Merger Deal Back In Spotlight, Why Former President Will Maintain Control Even From Jail/Prison

One of the most talked about SPAC mergers of all time saw shares surge in valuation and demand and brought interest back to the SPAC market. A filing shows some provisions for the SPAC merger based on its well-known namesake leader.

What Happened: Trump Media & Technology Group announced a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp DWAC in a deal valuing the new company at up to $1.7 billion in late 2021. 

The company is the parent of TRUTH Social, a social media platform taking on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. 

The company is led by former President Donald Trump.

A filing from the company shared some interesting provisions based on its leader, which are more relevant after Trump was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges related to hush money reportedly paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. 

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SPAC Provisions: The SPAC merger filing said that a “material disruptive event” will not change the company’s ownership.

“The company principal’s ownership and position in the company shall be structured in such a way as to eliminate the need for restructuring of ownership or changes in position were a material disruptive event to occur,” the filing reads.

A material disruptive event is listed to include “the company principal announces that he is running for a public office” or “the company principal is personally convicted of a felony criminal offense.”

The wording is significant, as it says that Trump will still lead the company if he runs for president in 2024 or is convicted of a felony. 

The new filing also clarified how much the stock needs to trade at for the full $1.7 billion valuation to hit.

Earn-outs are listed at prices of $15, $20 and $30 for DWAC shares. The additional shares are 15 million shares based on a $15 share price, 15 million based on a $20 share price and 10 million based on a $30 share price. The potential earn-outs total $825 million.

The lock up on shares is six months after the merger closing or 150 days if the stock price is above $12.

The SPAC merger has faced several setbacks, including investigations from the SEC that could continue to delay the deal getting approved. 

The odds of Trump facing any jail time remain a big question, but have increased with the indictment. One thing is certain based on the SPAC merger provisions: If a deal is approved between Digital World Acquisition and Trump Media & Technology Group, Trump will be in control whether in jail or not. 

DWAC Price Action: DWAC shares closed 7.58% higher at $14.06 on Friday, versus a 52-week trading range of $12.34 and $69.59. 

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Some elements of this story were previously reported by Benzinga and it has been updated.

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