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ByteDance says it will own a majority of TikTok. Oracle says ByteDance will own 0%. WTF is this deal? – TechCrunch

You recognize a deal is signed and going to shut when the events preserve truth checking one another and nobody can agree on what the deal really says.

We’ve been following the TikTok / Oracle deal for someday right here on TechCrunch, and over the weekend, it appeared like we finally got to the finish line of one of many strangest M&A processes we’ve seen. However the final 48 hours have made every little thing so confused, I’m not certain we even know what the deal is regardless of it being permitted.

In a single day, my colleague Rita Liao put together a nice fact check on what we all know now concerning the TikTok deal, primarily based on ByteDance’s official statements. The secret is that “China’s ByteDance confirms it can retain an 80% stake in TikTok after promoting a complete of 20% to Oracle, its ‘trusted know-how accomplice,’ and Walmart, its ‘industrial accomplice.’”

That’s been our assumption, that Oracle is taking 12.5% in TikTok World, and Walmart will take 7.5%. The deal phrases would worth TikTok at about $60 billion by some estimates.

That’s a easy story, however apparently not the total one, as a result of now there may be one other wrinkle occurring right here.

In a brand new assertion attributed to its government vp Ken Glueck, Oracle stated that “Upon creation of TikTok World, Oracle/Walmart will make their funding and the TikTok World shares will probably be distributed to their house owners, Individuals would be the majority and ByteDance could have no possession in TikTok World.”

President Donald Trump has spoken out concerning the deal himself in locations like CNBC, arguing that TikTok have to be utterly managed by Individuals.

From what I can glean (and to be trustworthy, given the shifting panorama and disagreement, it’s not clear that even the members know what’s going on), “TikTok” the app goes to be housed in a brand new firm referred to as TikTok World, that will probably be situated exterior of China correct. There seems to be no different “TikTok” entity. ByteDance will proceed to personal its China-centric apps Douyin (which is also a brief video social service focusing on the Chinese language market), Toutiao, and others and clearly preserve working them.

So how can an organization concurrently personal a majority of the corporate and 0% of an organization? TechCrunch is investigating, or no less than, combing by way of the rubble of this deal and attempting to make heads or tails of it.

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