Submitted by FREE ENERGY on Fri, 2016-10-28 11:42
Musk repeats no capital raise needed for Model 3 under current plan.
A SEC filing in August indicated that Tesla Motors would likely need to raise more capital before the end of the year, however, six weeks later, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that a capital raise was no longer necessary. During yesterday’s Q3 earnings call, Musk confirmed that no additional capital raise is needed by end of year and “probably not” needed in Q1.
He said Tesla is working hard to reduce the cost of manufacturing the Model 3 as one of this top 3 immediate priorities. As a result, the company “does not require any capital raise for the Model 3 at all”, though he indicated that a capital raise could still take place at some time in the future to “account for uncertainty and de-risk the business.”
Demand for Tesla’s cars with the latest 100 kWh battery has been strong. That battery carries a $10,000 premium compared to the older 90 kWh battery. The company is also benefiting from the sale of zero emissions credits to other manufacturers.