Tesla’s board of directors is reportedly getting serious about putting in motion Elon Musk’s plan to take the company private while the market doesn’t take it as seriously as Tesla’s (TSLA) stock erases most gain from Musk’s $420 announced exit price.
Earlier this week, Musk made the announcement that he is planning to take Tesla private and that he has secured funding to do so at $420 per share.
The stock was trading about $70 below that exit option and therefore, it rose toward the price target, but it has now fallen from pressure as some analysts doubt the plan could work and Tesla shorts question Musk’s funding.
According to a new report from Reuters, the board is going to decide on a formal review of Musk’s proposal in the next few days and the CEO might have to recuse himself from the board:
“The board expects to make a decision on whether to launch a formal review of Musk’s proposal in the coming days, and is speaking to investment bankers about hiring financial advisers to assist it in its review in such scenario, the sources said.
If the board launches a formal review of Musk’s bid, he would have to recuse himself, or a special board committee would have to be formed, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because the deliberations are confidential.”
It’s something that Musk has done before with his proposed acquisition of SolarCity, which he received overwhelming shareholder support for.
Based on our own poll, it seems that Musk is also getting support for this new proposal:
— Fred Lambert (@FredericLambert) August 8, 2018
The plan has also received support from major shareholders, including Ron Baron, who owns half of billion worth of Tesla’s stock.
But not all the details of the proposal are known and Musk will have to release a more detailed plan before bringing this to a vote.
I am surprised that the market doesn’t seem to believe that this is happening. When Musk discloses something like that, it’s normally because it’s already in motion.
That said, I think everyone would welcome more details, especially about funding.
There are some wild rumors floating around and it would be useful for investors if Musk came out with clear details.
For example, Musk announced his plan right when it was announced that the Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has been building up a significant stake in Tesla worth between 3 and 5 percent of the company.
Now rumors are floating that Musk is doing it to counter a hostile takeover attempt from the country while other rumors say that Musk is actually working with Saudi Arabia to finance the deal to go private.
It can only be one or the other. If any is true, I think the latter is much more likely, but would shareholders be as willing to go private if it means that the money is coming from Saudi Arabia? Or does it even matter if the plans to go private really result in most shareholders holding their positions?
What about those holding their position in retirement funds like 401k and REER?
There are a lot of questions that need answers.