Musk reverses earlier statement about desire for fresh cash.
Tesla has announced a new stock offering this morning that could be worth $2.3 billion (approx. £2.1 billion). The move comes just weeks after CEO Elon Musk stated in the company's quarterly call with analysts that such a move wouldn't make sense. Tesla stock, which had opened sharply down this morning (-$25.45), has been climbing since and has
cut that move in half added an additional 1.61% (+$12.39), sitting at $779.68 as of 11:00 A.M.
The California company has been improving its financial situation of late. This, along with the recent achievement of notable goals – it built a new Gigafactory in China and has begun production of the Model 3 there in the unprecedented span of about a year and is expected to begin production of the Model Y months earlier than anticipated – has seen renewed confidence in Tesla and its stock has had a meteoric rise over the past few months. At the start of June 2019, TSLA was trading at $178.97. It just recently hit an all-time high of $968.99.
Although Musk had said it didn't need extra cash, the company certainly has lots of places it could invest further funds. The company has begun initial work on a new Gigafactory in Germany; it's expected to begin production of its Semi heavy-duty hauler later this year and will need to set up a production line; the provocative Cybertruck, unveiled last November and for which it has accumulated over a quarter-million orders undoubtedly needs additional R&D. Also, current and future Tesla owners would certainly not complain if a significant amount was put toward improving its customer service. And all that ignores the fact that it may want to further fund its energy storage and Solar Roof operations.
The reversal of sentiment about the desire for a cash raise did not go unnoticed by the financial press. Phil LeBeau of CNBC noted the turnaround in a tweet this morning, which we have embedded for you. You can also see all the released details of the deal from the press release below.
$TSLA to raise $2 Billion w/ common stock offering two weeks after @elonmusk told analysts: “We are still generating positive cash. In light of that, it doesn’t make sense to raise money because we expect to generate cash despite this growth level.”— Phil LeBeau (@Lebeaucarnews) February 13, 2020
PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tesla, Inc. (“Tesla”) today announced that it intends to offer approximately $2 billion of common stock in an underwritten registered public offering. Tesla has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to approximately $300 million of additional common stock.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, will participate by purchasing up to $10 million of common stock in this offering. In addition, Larry Ellison, a member of Tesla’s Board of Directors, will purchase up to $1 million of common stock.
The aggregate gross proceeds of the offering, assuming full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional securities, would be approximately $2.3 billion before discounts and expenses. Tesla intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to further strengthen its balance sheet, as well as for general corporate purposes.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley are acting as lead joint book-running managers for the offering, with Barclays, BofA Securities, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, and Wells Fargo Securities acting as additional book-running managers, and Societe Generale acting as co-manager.
An effective registration statement relating to the securities was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 2, 2019. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from (i) Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, telephone: 866-471-2526, facsimile: 212-902-9316 or email: email@example.com or (ii) Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York 10014.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The securities being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the registration statement, the prospectus contained therein or the prospectus supplement.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the proposed public offering of common stock and Tesla’s intended use for the proceeds of the offering, are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the registration statement on Form S-3 on file with the SEC and the prospectus and prospectus supplement included or incorporated by reference therein, as well as the other documents Tesla files on a consolidated basis from time to time with the SEC, specifically Tesla’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Tesla on a consolidated basis to differ materially from those contained in Tesla’s forward-looking statements. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements.