Trump Says Truth Social’s Financials Are ‘Very Solid’ With Zero Debt and $200 Million Cash as Media Fixates On Last Year’s $58 Million Loss

Tom Ozimek
By Tom Ozimek
April 5, 2024Business News
Trump Says Truth Social’s Financials Are ‘Very Solid’ With Zero Debt and $200 Million Cash as Media Fixates On Last Year’s $58 Million Loss
In this photo illustration, former President Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social is shown on a cell phone in Chicago, Ill., on March 25, 2024. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump said Thursday that media fixation on the $58 million loss of the company behind Truth Social is misguided, touting its fundamentals—which he said include over $200 million cash and no debt—as “very solid.”

President Trump took to Truth Social on April 4 to say that the platform’s performance is “amazing” and its fundamentals are “very solid,” with over $200 million in cash and “zero debt.”

Official first-quarter financial information for Trump Media & Technology Group, the parent company of Truth Social, isn’t available yet.

“Very good for a startup, and growing fast,” President Trump said in a follow-up message, while touting the platform’s growing popularity.

The 45th president’s remarks come after a turbulent week for Trump Media, which went public last week after finalizing its long-awaited merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. (DWAC), a special purpose acquisition company.

Market Interest Explodes, Then Cools

Following the merger and initial public offering (IPO) last week, market interest exploded in Trump Media, which trades under the ticker symbol DJT. Its stock price soared above $79 per share on its first day of trading, sending the company’s market cap to over $7 billion.

This meant that President Trump, who owns around 57 percent of the combined company, on paper became over $4 billion richer, though a lock-in arrangement prevents him from selling his shares for six months.

After the initial surge of interest, Trump Media shares pulled back to around the $62 mark, where they traded until news broke on April 1 that, in 2023, the company suffered a $58 billion loss.

Word of the loss sent Trump Media shares plunging by roughly 20 percent to around the $45 mark, a price around which it’s traded sideways until today, at a market cap of around $6.3 billion.

Much of the loss appears to be related to an interest expense of $39.4 million on its outstanding debt, according to the 8-K filing. In 2022, the company made a net profit of $50.5 million.

The merger with DWAC gave Trump Media a $300 million cash infusion, with the company notching $4.1 million in revenue last year.

Trump Media executives said in Monday’s 8-K filing that they expect the company to continue taking losses as they burn through some of that cash in order to aggressively expand Truth Social’s user base.

“TMTG expects to continue to incur operating losses and negative cash flows from operating activities for the foreseeable future, as it works to expand its user base, attracting more platform partners and advertisers,” the company said in the filing.

President Trump’s stake in the company is now worth roughly $3.8 billion.

Trump Media’s meteoric rise and subsequent wobble has sparked massive interest in shorting the stock—meaning betting money on its potential price decline.

According to financial data company S3 Partners, Trump Media is the most “shorted” special purpose acquisition vehicle in the country at the moment.

New Media Giant?

Trump Media executives said in Monday’s 8-K filing that they’re looking to enhance the platform’s appeal by new initiatives such as acquiring new technologies.

They said they’ve already started testing “a particular, state-of-the-art technology that supports video streaming and provides a ‘home’ for cancelled content creators,” which Trump Media aims to acquire soon and incorporate into its offering.

“Such initiatives and potential acquisitions are still preliminary and subject to material changes and risks, some of which are beyond TMTG’s control,” the company stated.

“Given these uncertainties, TMTG believes it is premature for TMTG to predict when it will attain profitability and positive cash flows from its operations.”

Trump Media executives noted that the platform’s success depends in part on the popularity of its brand and the reputation of President Trump.

“The value of TMTG’s brand may diminish if the popularity of President Trump were to suffer,” the executives wrote in Monday’s 8-K filing. “Adverse reactions to publicity relating to President Trump, or the loss of his services, could adversely affect TMTG’s revenues, results of operations and its ability to maintain or generate a consumer base.”

It’s a message the former commander-in-chief appears to have taken to heart, with his posts on Thursday touting the impact of the Truth Social platform and blasting its detractors.

“All of the competitors to TRUTH SOCIAL, especially those in the Radical Left Democrats Party who are failing at every level, like to use their vaunted ‘disinformation machine’ to try and convince people, and it is not easy to do, that TRUTH is not such a big deal and doesn’t ‘get the word out’ as well as various others, which they know to be false,” President Trump wrote in one of his posts.

Besides sharing the state of Trump Media’s financials—which TMTG CEO Devin Nunes echoed in a statement: “Truth Social today has no debt and over $200 million in the bank”—the former president said the platform is the main way he communicates with the public.

“It is the primary way I get the word out and, for better or worse, people want to hear what I have to say, perhaps, according to experts, more than anyone else in the World,” he wrote, adding that competing social media platforms, which he said canceled him for largely political reasons, would love to have him back.

“Look, using TRUTH, I became the Republican Nominee for President of the United States, and in record time! When I ENDORSE a politician on TRUTH, they almost ALWAYS WIN,” he continued, adding that if the platform didn’t work to get the message out, he wouldn’t use it.

Meanwhile, as President Trump paints the fate of Truth Social in bright colors, there appears to be no shortage of investors willing to bet on its demise.

“They are looking for this stock to crater and crater very quickly,” Ihor Dusaniwsky, managing director of predictive analytics at S3, told The New York Times of the big interest in shorting Trump Media.

From The Epoch Times

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