Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his "funding secured" tweet last week came after a meeting with Saudi Arabia's government-direct investment fund that left him certain a deal would be reached to take his electric-car company private. He said the Saudi fund approached him multiple times about going private starting nearly two years ago and that he left a July.
Musk wrote that he made the August 7 announcement because he had talked to large investors about his desire to take the company private. Musk and his advisers are seeking a wide pool of investors to back a potential take-private of the automaker to avoid concentrating ownership among a few new large holders, according to people familiar with the matter. The comprehensive plan, known as Vision 2030, was laid out in April by the country's leaders and involves transferring 5 percent of state-owned Saudi Aramco to the investment fund through an initial public offering, expected to be the largest in history. "I am having discussions with a number of other investors, which is something that I always planned to do since I would like for Tesla to continue to have a broad investor base", Musk wrote.
The Public Investment Fund approached Musk several months ago to discuss buying a minority stake, but he initially resisted the investment and said there were no plans to issue new shares, according to a different person familiar with the talks at the time.
Musk's surprise comments last week sparked speculation he would need to borrow massive amounts to take Tesla private, a move that could allow the company to operate without requirements for financial reports and other pressures of a publicly traded firm.
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Musk's August 7 tweets helped push Tesla's stock price more than 13 percent above the prior day's close. Tesla's shares briefly turned negative on the news and traded up 0.8 percent at 4:05 p.m.in NY.
Elon Musk stunned investors last week with his tweet. I will now continue to talk with investors, and I have engaged advisors to investigate a range of potential structures and options.
Mr Kalman Isaacs, one of the investors who filed the suit on Friday in a San Francisco court, claimed Mr Musk's tweets were "designed to completely decimate short-sellers".
If and when a final proposal is presented, an appropriate evaluation process will be undertaken by a special committee of Tesla's board, which I understand is already in the process of being set up, together with the legal counsel it has selected. If the board approves the deal, then it would go to a vote of shareholders.