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Twitter Lockup Confusion?

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A more mysterious set of filings was made by Twitter’s largest shareholder, Rizvi Traverse Management, the secretive money manager that controlled 85 million shares, or 14.4 percent of the stock.

Rizvi disclosed that it had distributed all of its shares to the underlying investors. Those investors included other Rizvi-controlled entities as well as units of JPMorgan Chase, the giant American bank, and Kingdom Holding, an investment company controlled by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.

Although JPMorgan and Rizvi had previously signaled their intention to hold onto their shares, it’s unclear whether some of the recipients will choose to cash out, potentially adding to the selling pressure that drove Twitter stock to an all-time low of $29.51 this week. – New York Times May 8th, 2014

Twitter plunged 18 percent yesterday even as early investors Chris Sacca and Rizvi Traverse Management LLC pledged not to sell in a sign of confidence in the San Francisco-based company.

Rizvi Traverse Management, whose 14 percent ownership makes it the single biggest investor, won’t sell either, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Some of Sacca’s holdings are included in Rizvi. – Bloomberg May 7th, 2014

“We’re going to hold,” said Chris Sacca, an early Twitter investor, who manages about 15 per cent of the company’s shares through various arrangements. Analysts and other investors are focusing too much on user growth and instead should “just recognize how much money Twitter is going to continue to put up on the board” – Bloomberg May 5th, 2014

Twitter’s largest shareholder – the money management firm Rizvi Traverse Management, which oversees funds that own 17.9 percent of the company – also plans to hold on to the stock, according to a person familiar with the firm’s thinking, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Rizvi does not publicly discuss its investments. – New York Times April 14th, 2014

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