Microsoft`s shares fell slightly on Monday before the opening of trading due to the news of the failure the deal of buying the popular application TikTok in Chinese ByteDance.
Through the support of the deal by President Donald Trump, Shares of Oracle, which is considered №1 candidate of buying TikTok increased by 10% before the opening of trading on Monday.
In early August, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire the TikTok’s business in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, without disclosing the potential cost and terms. Media reported that the application with 175 million users in the United States and about 1 billion worldwide, is valued at about $ 25 billion. Oracle and Walmart have also expressed interest in acquiring the TikTok.
This was preceded by promises of the US President Donald Trump to block money transactions in TikTok, WeChat and, in general, to ban the Chinese programs and companies operating in the country, referring to the motives for the protection of national security and the security of confidential data of American users. In response, TikTok’s management filed a lawsuit against the US government.
The White House has called September 20 a deadline for ByteDance to announce its plans to sell TikTok in the United States, otherwise, the application will be banned on September 29, the deadline for the completion of the agreement is required by November 12.
On Sunday, Microsoft said: “ByteDance told us today that they will not sell TikTok’s business in the United States to Microsoft. We believe that our proposal would be good for users of TikTok, protecting the interests of national security. We would make significant changes to ensure that the service meets the highest standards of security, confidentiality and the fight against misinformation, and we have clearly set out these principles in our August statement. We look forward to how the service will develop in these important areas. ”
Therefore, Oracle is the preferred candidate for the purchase of TikTok, although the company does not comment on their negotiations.
Analysts note that the agreement between Oracle and TikTok would be better because opposite of the Microsoft’s offer, looks more like a corporate restructuring than an outright takeover. Although Oracle is not as big as Microsoft, the company will be able to offer a cloud infrastructure that TikTok could rely on when operating in the United States.
In addition, President Donald Trump called Oracle a good candidate for buying TikTok which suggests that such an agreement is likely to be approved by the US authorities.
The terms of the agreement remain in question, and the position of the Chinese government, which two weeks ago tightened government restrictions on technology exports. It is considered that the rules are aimed at delaying the sale of TikTok.
On Monday, China’s state-owned CGTN announced that ByteDance will not sell TikTok’s business in the United States to Microsoft or Oracle, nor will it provide source code to any of the U.S. buyers.
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