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Tesla Files S-1 Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering

Tesla Motors, Inc. on Friday announced that it had filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined; the preliminary prospectus on file with the SEC will be updated.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank Securities are acting as the joint book-running managers for the offering.



I don't know about their timing on this, but they might have run out of private funding, so here they are. They have to get large format batteries. More than 8000 18500 cells is just not going to make it.


Tesla has effectively secured some 400M in fed loan guarantees and another 200M or so from Cali. The IPO is the vehicle by which they repay those loans with investor funds while giving the public a chance to directly benefit from their creativity.

The IPO will be a huge sellout. Good for electrification.


The timing is right for the venture capitalists. They get their profits while interest in the technology is hot, but competition is still in the future. They don't care whether it makes money or pays off Government loans after that.


As the Zen Master said "we will see".

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