Trump’s Truth Social Sees Volatile Debut on Wall Street

Trump’s Truth Social Sees Volatile Debut on Wall Street | GQ Research

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The parent company of Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform made its debut on Wall Street on Tuesday under the ticker symbol “DJT,” with shares initially priced at $78. However, the day witnessed a rollercoaster ride for investors as the value of shares fluctuated throughout the trading session, eventually stabilizing around $70 before closing at $57.99 as the Nasdaq’s closing bell rang.

Trump’s Financial Fortunes

The day’s trading marked a significant milestone for Mr. Trump, propelling him into the ranks of the world’s 500 richest individuals. With a majority stake in the company now valued at $5.5 billion, his estimated net worth has surpassed $8 billion.

The decision to take the company public comes amid urgent financial needs for the former president. Facing court-ordered judgments totaling millions of dollars, Mr. Trump must secure funds to post an appeals bond by Monday to block enforcement of a $454 million penalty for defrauding banks and insurers. Despite obtaining a 10-day extension on the bond deadline and a reduction in the amount to $175 million, securing the funds remains a challenge.

Legal Battles Loom

Compounding his financial woes are mounting legal bills and attorneys’ fees, with political action committees draining millions of dollars to cover expenses ahead of impending criminal proceedings and the upcoming general election.

While the public debut of Trump Media & Technology Group has bolstered Mr. Trump’s financial standing, immediate returns are unlikely. Shareholders’ approval of a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corporation stipulates a six-month lock-up period, preventing major shareholders, including the former president, from selling their shares.

Questionable Valuation

Despite Wall Street’s valuation of Trump Media at approximately $14 billion, experts caution against overestimating its worth. With Truth Social experiencing user losses and Trump Media operating at a loss, the valuation appears disconnected from fundamental metrics. Analysts liken the situation to meme stocks, expressing skepticism about the company’s long-term profitability.

Financial data reveals Trump Media’s revenue of $3.4 million in the first nine months of last year, overshadowed by a staggering loss of $49 million. Despite its IPO valuing Reddit at $6.4 billion, Trump Media’s comparatively minimal revenue raises doubts about its valuation and future prospects.

As Truth Social embarks on its public journey, investors remain cautious amidst uncertainties surrounding the company’s financial health and long-term viability. While the day’s trading marked a significant milestone for Mr. Trump, the road ahead remains fraught with financial and legal challenges, casting a shadow over the company’s prospects.

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