Tesla Stock Surges With Billion Dollar Announcement

Tesla Model 3 prototype

Brooke Crothers Tesla Model 3 prototype

Tesla Inc. announced Wednesday it was going to the market to raise about $1.15 billion in fresh capital, ahead of the company's upcoming launch of the Model 3, its "mass-market" sedan expected to hit the roads in the second half of 2017.

Tesla has several billion in previously issued convertible debt coming due in the next few years, but the $750 million it will sell this time around doesn't mature until 2022.

The company's shares were up 2.1 percent at $261.11 in extended trading.

"No capital needs to be raised for the Model 3, but we get very close to the edge", Musk said. Some were forecasting a capital raise closer to $2.5 billion.

It does appear that Elon Musk and his team are addressing some concerns that the company is using Wall Street like an equity ATM.

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"This is at the low end of the $1-2bn we expected and could imply another raise later if the Model 3 is delayed", UBS analyst Colin Langan wrote in a Thursday report.

The convertible notes will give Tesla some flexibility, Levy noted.

Musk, 45, is Tesla's chairman and largest shareholder, with a 20.8 percent stake.

The company lost just under $675 million past year but revenue rose 73 percent to just over $7 billion.

Tesla said underwriters were granted a 30-day option to buy up an additional 15% of each offering, and that Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk would purchase $25 million of the stock.

Tesla had US$3.39 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of 2016, but most comes from a May stock offering, cash from its SolarCity acquisition and almost US$1 billion in draws on its credit facilities. The Model 3 is priced at a moderate $35,000 in the United States, much below the price of its initial models S and X electric vehicles.

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