Musk Reopens Door to Tesla Capital Raise After Big Cash Setback
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April 25 2019

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Musk Reopens Door to Tesla Capital Raise After Big Cash Setback

This article by Dana Hull and David Welch for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: 

The company is planning as much as $2.5 billion in capital expenditures this year as it develops new vehicles including the Model Y crossover and Semi truck. That’s more than the $2.2 billion in cash and equivalents that were on the balance sheet at the end of March.


“$2.2 billion in cash is a lot of money, but not when you’re making the kinds of investments Tesla is making,” Rebecca Lindland, a longtime auto-industry analyst and founder of the car-review website RebeccaDrives.com, said on Bloomberg Television. “I’m definitely concerned about some of their
projections.”

In addition to operating cash flow worsening relative to the previous quarter, a February debt payment -- the company’s largest ever -- drained $920 million from its coffers. The company has another $566 million of convertible bonds coming due in November.

While the results were largely worse than anticipated, investors appeared to be split on what to make of them. The shares fell as much as 3.1 percent and rose as much as 2.8 percent in post-market trading before ending the session little changed. The stock was already down 22 percent this year.

The halving of a federal tax incentive for Tesla purchases starting in January dragged on U.S. demand in the quarter, and Tesla struggled to offset that drop by starting deliveries of the Model 3 in Europe and China.

Eoin Treacy's view

Tesla is the most shorted stock in the market so it is safe to assume a lot of bad news is in the price. Tesla has at least demonstrated it is capable of reaching profitability for a couple of quarters which is a lot better than a good many other companies currently coming up for their IPOs. The big question outstanding is how well it can sustain profitability in the face of rising competition from other auto companies.

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