UPDATED at market close: Shares of Twitter outpaced the broader market on election day Tuesday after activist investor Elliott Management and the company’s board backed current leadership including CEO Jack Dorsey at the conclusion of a strategic review initiated last spring.
The shares closed up nearly 6%, outrunning the 1.78% bump in the S&P 500. It’s a welcome pop: Twitter stock plunged 20% after quarterly results last Thursday showed a dip in daily active users, and it’s had a tough time regaining its footing.
Stocks gained across the board today as investors hoped for a clean win. The DJIA ended up 554 points, or 2%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 1.85%. It was the best session since July.
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In an SEC filing, Twitter announced that a new so-called management structure committee had concluded its work with recommendations, which the board accepted, that included expressing “its confidence in management.”
Elliott unveiled a 4% stake in Twitter early this year and began to push for change at the company, the board and management that appeared to put co-founder Dorsey’s tenure at risk. Elliot was concerned at his double role as CEO of payments company Square, which he also co-founded. An agreement in March included a $1 billion investment in Twitter by Silver Lake, two new board members (from Elliott and Silver Lake, respectively) a $2 billion share-repurchase program and the formation of this committee to further examine management and corporate governance.
According to the filing Monday, the committee “assessed the current management structure, new operating plan and procedures put in place by the Company’s CEO, as well as the Company’s significantly improving product, operational and financial performance through the most recently reported quarter. The Committee expressed its confidence in management and recommended that the current structure remain in place.”
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