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Tesla Motors Issues More Stock to Repay Energy Department

May 16, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Tesla Motors Inc. announced this week offerings of more than 2.7 million shares of common stock and $450 million in convertible debt. In addition, Tesla has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 405,454 shares of common stock and $67.5 million in aggregate principal amount of the notes.

In addition, Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO and cofounder, intends to purchase shares of common stock at the same public offering price for an aggregate purchase price of $100 million. Of this amount, approximately $45 million would be purchased in the common stock offering, and approximately $55 million would be purchased directly from Tesla in a subsequent private placement due to the waiting period requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

The aggregate gross proceeds of the offerings, including the options granted to the underwriters, and the private placement is expected to be approximately $830 million. Tesla intends to use the net proceeds from the offerings to prepay its outstanding loan granted by the United States Department of Energy in 2009, pay the cost of convertible note hedge transactions and for general corporate purposes.

The notes will be convertible into cash and, if applicable, shares of Tesla's common stock. The interest rate, conversion price and other terms of the notes are to be determined.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering of common stock. Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint book-running managers for the notes offering.

 

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