Elon Musk sells $4.8 billion worth of Tesla shares ahead of Twitter purchase

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly sold USD 4.8 billion worth of his electric car company’s shares after the Twitter board announced its approval of the proposed acquisition of their company for USD 44 billion. To be specific, 5.3 million shares of Tesla were sold at an average price of USD 905.30, representing 3.1 percent of all the shares Tesla held outright, and less than 2 percent of his total holdings if stock options are included in the equation.

This was followed by a tweet from Musk: “No further TSLA sales planned after today.”

Elon Musk Twitter

realme philippines

While reasons behind the sale were not disclosed in the filings, it could be noted that Tesla’s stock price fell by 12.2 percent since Monday, the largest fall since at least September 2020. Another observation in relation to this, according to a CNN report, would be investors’ worries that Tesla might be neglected as Musk pursues his ventures with Twitter and SpaceX, among others.

“Elon Musk should focus on Tesla and not waste time attempting to acquire and manage (Twitter),” said David Trainer, CEO of investment research firm New Constructs, “Tesla is facing significant competition in the electric vehicle space. The major automakers are catching up and are manufacturing innovative electric vehicles.”

The Economist, meanwhile, estimates that Musk would finance his Twitter deal through USD 21 billion in equity and USD 12.5 billion in loans against his shares in Tesla. To make Twitter more financially stable after purchase, however, Bloomberg reports that Musk unveiled to bankers his plans to reduce on company spending and cut jobs.

Nonetheless, Twitter stock rose to USD 51.70 per share as of Monday. It has retreated to around USD 49 as of writing time. To recall, Musk proposed to buy the social networking service for USD 54.20 per share.

A public servant with a heart for actively supporting technology and futures thinking, responding accordingly to humanity's needs and goals, increasing participation of people in issues concerning them, upholding rights and freedoms, and striving further to achieve more despite our limited capacities. In everything, to God be all the glory.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *