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12 August 2018, 11:58 | Joann Bryant
A sign is seen outside the Tesla Inc. Gigafactory 2 which is also known as RiverBend a joint venture with Panasonic to produce solar panel
"Last week, Elon opened a discussion with the board about taking the company private".
It's possible Musk could persuade some large institutional and strategic investors to either newly become or remain shareholders in the private company, which could reduce his funding needs, said Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Bernstein who has always been bearish on Tesla shares. The computer system is called Hardware 3, and has apparently been designed so that it can be dropped into the Model S, X, and 3 vehicles, as a replacement part.
I hope not, because I think Tesla going private is a great idea (like my friend Yann Brandt, who thankfully has announced in the wake of Musk's Twitter pronouncement that he is keeping his seminal solar newsletter, SolarWakeup, private).
According to UK's the Guardian, this new valuation would float his company from its current stock market value of $63.8 billion to a whopping $82 billion, a near $20 billion inflation.
The six board members who issued the statement on Wednesday included James Murdoch, chief executive of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and Brad Buss, who was the chief financial officer of solar panel maker SolarCity until it was bought by Tesla in 2016.
Some Wall Street analysts were skeptical of Musk's ability to gather the huge financial backing to complete such a deal, given that Tesla loses money, has $10.9 billion of debt and its bonds are rated junk by credit ratings agencies. He concluded by saying that this price swing is a problem rather he termed it as a ' distraction' for the companies well being and to all its employees who according to the company are the shareholders.
Majority shareholder approval would be required for the plan to happen.
The murkiness of the financing could turn into a legal mine field for Musk and Tesla, according to both Coffee and former SEC lawyer Pete Henning, now a law professor at Wayne State University. But for Musk, that may be a small price to pay in return for greater control over Tesla's stock. Now, as the board's announcement has gone out that it would actually consider the possibility of going private, the stock has again begun to jump up in again in after-hours trading.
"He may be okay if the world knows his profit and loss, as long as he doesn't have to deal with the short-sellers and the wild fluctuations in his stock", said Jurasic.
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