Tesla (TSLA) rises as capital raise gets boost from Elon Musk, support from Moody’s

Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) continued its momentum on Friday amidst news that the electric car maker’s capital raise could reach up to $2.7 billion, higher than the initial $2 billion announced on Thursday. Together with this update was an announcement that Elon Musk will be buying more TSLA stock than initially expected, as well as a statement from Moody’s Senior Vice President supporting the capital raise.

Tesla’s updated filing noted that it had raised its offer to 3.1 million shares, rising to 3.5 million including a tranche for underwriting banks. The filing revealed that Tesla will be placing convertible debt worth $1.6 billion, up from an initially planned $1.35 billion announced the day before. Elon Musk, who expressed an intention to purchase $10 million worth of TSLA stock on Thursday, doubled down on his commitment on Friday, stating that he will be buying $25 million worth of shares instead.

Tesla’s capital raise was received well by the company’s shareholders. Following an initial dip after its capital raise announcement on Thursday, Tesla stock rebounded after news broke of Elon Musk’s intent to purchase $10 million in TSLA shares. The company’s momentum continued well into Friday, with shares trading up 4%. In a statement to Reuters, Geoffrey Dancey, managing partner and portfolio manager at Cutler Capital Management, predicted that Tesla’s convertible bonds would likely see a lot of takers.

“With this new bond, you have five years until the bond is supposed to pay off. They don’t have to be successful; they don’t have to hit a home run. They just have to stay in business to refinance this in five years. The terms of the convertible look reasonable, and I don’t think they’ll have any issue selling,” Dancey said.

Moody’s Investors Service, which downgraded Tesla last year amidst the Model 3 production ramp, took a positive stance on the electric car maker as well. The financial firm posted a statement from Senior Vice President Bruce Clark in Moody’s official Twitter account, which described how Tesla’s capital raise could help keep the company afloat as it pursues its numerous projects.

“Tesla’s offering of $2 billion in common stock and convertible notes is credit positive as it will boost the company’s liquidity profile by taking its cash position to over $4 billion. This will provide Tesla with adequate capacity to: 1) repay the November maturity of $566 million to outstanding convertible notes, 2) fund the cash requirements arising from the expansion of Model 3 shipments into Europe, and 3) cover the cash burn that might result from any softening in demand for the Models 3, S, and X in the US,” Clark noted.

As of writing, Tesla stock is trading 4.38% at $254.76 per share.

Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.

Tesla (TSLA) rises as capital raise gets boost from Elon Musk, support from Moody’s


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