Trump’s Social Media Company Is Set to Trade Tuesday on Nasdaq

(Bloomberg) — Shares of the blank-check company merging with former president Donald Trump’s social media startup surged as much as 27% Monday, after the combined firm announced it is set to begin trading Tuesday, potentially bringing him a financial windfall.

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Trump Media & Technology Group is expected to trade on the Nasdaq under the symbol DJT after completing a deal with Digital World Acquisition Corp., according to a statement, following more than two years of snags.

DWAC shares soared as high as $46.98 each, the most on an intraday basis since February, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. They were trading at $45.44 each as of 1:32 p.m. on Monday, 23% above the close Friday when the deal’s shareholder vote passed as expected. Warrants tied to the SPAC were up about 19%.

The merger could potentially hand Trump nearly $4 billion worth of shares, though they would be subject to lock-up agreements and performance requirements that may temporarily hinder his ability to monetize the stock and ease his present cash crunch.

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Digital World Chief Executive Officer Eric Swider will become a director of the merged company, which will be led by Devin Nunes, a former California Representative who left Congress to become CEO of Trump Media, the statement showed.

The windfall may come at a critical time for Trump who earlier this month became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He’s paying millions of dollars a month to fund his ongoing legal troubles. He is set for the first of his criminal trials on April 15, a judge ruled. Separately, a New York appeals court agreed on Monday to slash the former president’s bond in his fraud case by more than two thirds to $175 million while he appeals the verdict.

The special-purpose acquisition vehicle has more than doubled this year as investors use it as a way to bet on Trump’s push for re-election. The stock has been a favorite among the retail-trading crowd since the deal was announced in 2021 with posts across Stocktwits and Reddit Inc.’s WallStreetBets forum encouraging people to buy shares.

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