Publicado: Mier, Agosto 08, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Musk Says in Tweet He Is Considering Taking Tesla Private

Tesla boss Elon Musk has shocked the market with a bombshell tweet saying he is mulling taking the electric auto company private.

Musk claimed on his personal Twitter account to have secured funding for the maneuver, estimating the per-share valuation of the possible transition at $420. That would value the company - already the United States' most valuable automaker - at more than $70 billion.

The two pieces of news helped move shares of Tesla up almost 6% in trading Tuesday, to $362 apiece.

He later laid out his thoughts in a blog post, calling his plan "the best path forward".

"The reason for doing this is all about creating the environment for Tesla to operate best", Musk began.

Tesla's stock bounced 7.3 percent Tuesday before trading was halted on Wall Street, according to Bloomberg. The sudden announcement gained immediate criticism from former regulators who suggested it may conflict with SEC rules for potentially market-moving statements. Fortune has yet to ascertain the veracity of the tweet, and will update this article once Tesla responds.

"This proposal to go private would ultimately be finalized through a vote of our shareholders", Musk explained. "I won't be selling in either scenario".

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The billionaire co-founder of the company took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to say he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420". He would hold onto his shares, he added.

"Elon Musk does not want to run public companies", Munster said. "His mission for Tesla (to accelerate the globe's adoption of sustainable energy) is both grand and long-term, making it hard to accommodate investors quarterly expectations".

It's unclear what prompted the tweet. Intentions to buy out public shareholders usually need to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC.

"I believe Tesla considers Tweets as public disclosure", said analyst Chaim Siegel from Elazar Advisors.

Tesla has had more than its share of ups and downs over the past few months, due to an intense focus on production rates and sales figures for Tesla's mass-market Model 3 electric auto.

Earlier in the day, the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had built an undisclosed stake of between 3% and 5% in Tesla. "The answer is no", Musk told investment analysts last week. Over the weekend, he tweeted a video parody that cast Adolf Hitler as a short seller flying into a rage at Tesla's recent financial reports.

In fact, Tesla has turned a narrow profit in only two quarters since it became a public company in 2010.

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