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Elon Musk sells Tesla shares worth $3.95 billion days after Twitter deal

Stock Markets Nov 09, 2022 01:06PM ET
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By Akriti Sharma and Hyunjoo Jin

(Reuters) -Tesla Inc top boss Elon Musk has sold $3.95 billion worth of shares in the electric-vehicle maker, regulatory filings showed, days after he closed the $44-billion deal for Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR).

The latest sale brings total Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) stocks sold by Musk to about $36 billion since November last year, leaving him with a roughly 14% stake in the world's most valuable automaker, according to a Reuters calculation.

Musk unloaded 19.5 million shares between Friday and Tuesday, filings published by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed on late Tuesday.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the purpose of the share sale.

Analysts had widely expected Musk to sell more Tesla shares to finance the Twitter deal even though the world's richest man had asserted several times that he was done selling Tesla stock.

He sold $6.9 billion worth of Tesla shares in August and had amassed about $20 billion in cash through multiple stake sales from November last year to August.

This would have left him in need to raise an additional $2 billion to $3 billion to finance the Twitter deal, according to a Reuters calculation.

The billionaire last month closed the deal with $13 billion in loans from banks and a $33.5 billion equity commitment, which included his 9.6% Twitter stake worth $4 billion and $7.1 billion from investors including Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) co-founder Larry Ellison and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Shares of Tesla were up by 0.7% to $192.64 in premarket trading. The company has lost nearly half its market value ever since Musk bid for Twitter in April.

Elon Musk sells Tesla shares worth $3.95 billion days after Twitter deal
 

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Vip Homi
Vip Homi Nov 09, 2022 2:12PM ET
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this guy should be sued .. reasons are plentiful
Jamal Hasan
Jamal Hasan Nov 09, 2022 1:21PM ET
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nice shorts hit today :D
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 09, 2022 7:43AM ET
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Elon Musk have to sell Tesla at the current discount price to pay for the over priced Twitter deal he agreed (and tried to get out of) 8 months ago, buy high sell low, now there is a winning strategy
Dennis Chuck
Dennis Chuck Nov 09, 2022 6:54AM ET
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Whatever elon musk do, he will make it, likewise for twitter. I would rather pay for twitter now musk is running than going to an indian!
Petet Larkar
Petet Larkar Nov 09, 2022 6:54AM ET
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wow you are a racist... I'm kinda glad an Indian is running UK now.
William Smith
William Smith Nov 08, 2022 9:28PM ET
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Getting out before the competition drives the price down to $100 as they take market share.
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Everyone is catching up so fast. Someone introducing new ev model about every month. Check out the new bmw i7. In a couple of years tesla is going to be so niche.
 
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