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Trump-linked SPAC again adjourns meeting to proceed vote on merger delay

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This illustration photo shows Donald Trump’s recent social media app Truth Social, glitching on a smartphone in Los Angeles, February 21, 2022.

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Digital World Acquisition Corp., the SPAC aiming to take former President Donald Trump’s media company public, adjourned its shareholder meeting by one more two hours to five p.m. to permit voting to proceed on delaying the merger.

DWAC had already once adjourned the meeting earlier within the day. The deadline for the merger is Thursday, and the vote could resolve the fate of a $1.3 billion money infusion from DWAC’s public offering and Trump Media and Technology Group’s potential listing on the stock market.

Trump Media owns Truth Social, which was founded by the previous president after he was banned from Twitter following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Shares of DWAC were up 3% in afternoon trading.

Digital World previously warned that the vote’s failure could end in the SPAC’s liquidation. More recently, DWAC CEO Patrick Orlando said he intends to initiate a “built-in” extension with a $2.8 million injection from his company and DWAC sponsor ARC Global Investments II.

DWAC had been scheduled to announce the vote results on Tuesday, but Orlando adjourned its special meeting after just two minutes to supply more times for voting. Earlier within the day, Reuters had reported that DWAC had did not garner the votes needed for the extension, citing sources accustomed to the matter.

DWAC needs 65% of shareholders to support the extension of the merger deadline. While 20% of those shares are held by Orlando through ARC Global Investments, he says the deal has attracted many retail investors. Orlando has been rallying those investors to vote on Truth Social.

Trump Media has denied reports of economic strife that alleged that the corporate owed over $1 million to a contractor. The previous president has indicated that company may not need the money infusion from the DWAC deal.

“In any event, I do not need financing, ‘I’m really wealthy!’ Private company anyone???” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post on Saturday.

That is breaking news. Check back for updates.

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