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Trump’s Media Venture: Successful Stock Market Launch

Trump's Media Venture: Successful Stock Market Launch
BBC BBC
Trump's Media Venture: Successful Stock Market Launch
BBC BBC

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Trump’s Media Venture: Successful Stock Market Launch

The stock market debut of Donald Trump’s media company saw a significant surge in share prices, initially exceeding $70 and pushing the firm’s market value over $9 billion. Despite closing at around $58, still up more than 16%, this boost injected over $200 million into Trump Media & Technology Group, granting the former president a stake worth more than $4 billion.

However, analysts have raised concerns about the company’s performance justifying such high valuations. Trump Media’s Truth Social, similar to Twitter, reported modest revenue of $3.3 million in the first nine months of the previous year, accompanied by substantial losses nearing $50 million. While the platform claimed 8.9 million account creations since its 2022 launch, the active user count remains uncertain. In comparison, Reddit, valued at approximately $11 billion, boasts over 70 million users and generated $800 million in revenue last year.

The interest in Trump Media has been compared to a meme stock, with prices seemingly detached from business prospects. Individual investors, many of whom are reportedly Trump supporters, have contributed to this fervor. However, the sustainability of this enthusiasm remains uncertain in the coming weeks.

Trump Media’s listing on the Nasdaq exchange was facilitated through a SPAC merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. Despite regulatory delays, the deal was approved earlier this year. Trump Media officials hailed the listing as a pivotal moment, pledging to challenge Big Tech censorship and uphold free expression.

For Mr. Trump, the debut occurs amidst financial constraints, with proceeds from stock sales potentially crucial for addressing legal penalties. However, restrictions preventing him from selling his shares for at least six months may limit immediate access to the windfall. Additionally, the company’s board, comprising allies including one of his sons, may be hesitant to alter these rules immediately.

Investors face additional risks tied to Mr. Trump’s political future. While a loss could impact share prices negatively, a victory in the 2024 presidential campaign might bolster demand from supporters seeking alignment with Mr. Trump’s agenda. Nevertheless, analysts caution that the current share price significantly exceeds its fundamental value, prompting concerns about sustainability.


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