Tesla Announces a $5 Billion Share Offering
Emmanuella Nwokenkwo & Javier Frausto
Tesla announces to sell $5 billion of additional common stock under an equity distribution agreement after the 5-for-1 stock split. The additional shares will be sold “from time to time” and “at-the-market” prices, and banks will sell shares based on directives from Tesla.
An equity distribution agreement is a private placement share allocation agreement between a company and its shareholders. This agreement is a way for the company to raise capital, through debt. Basically a credit line distributed by the lenders.
On September 1, through regulatory filing, the company entered an equity distribution agreement with a multitude of banks including: BofA Securities (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Deutsche Bank (DB), Morgan Stanley (MS), Credit Suisse (CS), SG Americas Securities (SCGLY), Barclays Capital (BCS), Wells Fargo Securities (WFC), and BNP Paribas Securities (BNPQY).
Sales agents of Tesla(TSLA) are collecting sales proceeds of up to $5.0B "Upon delivery of a placement notice and subject to the terms and conditions of the equity distribution agreement, the sales agents will use reasonable efforts consistent with their normal trading and sales practices, applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations, and the rules of the Nasdaq Global Select Market to sell the shares from time to time based upon Tesla's instructions for the sales, including any price, time or size limits specified by Tesla," the filing stated.
Tesla plans to improve the balance sheet with this capital.
On Monday night RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak stated its underperform rating on the stock, calling the automaker “fundamentally overvalued.” With that being said, he did raise his one-year price target from $170 to $290.
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