Elon Musk turns to army of Tesla volunteers to hit targets

01 October, 2018, 22:56 | Author: Frank Williams
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Bloomberg reports that Tesla's plunging stock price is a sign that investors wanted Musk to cut a deal with the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as possible. Likewise, Tesla will pay another $20 million due to its failure to check whether Musk's announcements complied with the law.

Tesla jumped in pre-market trading after Elon Musk settled a USA lawsuit over his take-private tweet storm, reassuring investors that the billionaire will keep calling the shots at the electric-car maker he's said is on the verge of profitability.

With its meteoric rsie, Tesla has practically recovered the losses it incurred last week after the SEC announced that it was filing a lawsuit against Elon Musk over his "funding secured" Twitter announcement last August. The SEC cited "significant market disruption" as the primary repercussion of Musk's loose lips, as well as questioning Tesla's dissemination of information.

The SEC filed its lawsuit Thursday, less than two months after Musk tweeted - falsely, according to the agency - that he secured funding to take the company private.

Musk and Tesla each will pay a penalty of US$20 million, with the total US$40-million penalties to be "distributed to harmed investors under a court-approved process".

Besides the settlement news, Tesla has another milestone this week.

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"We are very close to achieving profitability and proving the naysayers wrong, but, to be certain, we must execute really well tomorrow (Sunday)", Mr Musk wrote in a mail to employees on Saturday.

In the agreement, Musk will resign as Chairman but will remain CEO and also a member of the board.

Lawyers said over the weekend that the settlement and size of the fine may give more ammunition to short-sellers pursuing separate cases against Musk for manipulating the company's shares as well as to a probe by the Justice Department.

While the 15-year-old company has never earned an annual profit, Tesla's CEO has vowed it's the verge of making money and stemming cash burn that's exceeded more than $1 billion in recent quarters.

As part of the settlement with the SEC, Tesla will also appoint an independent chairman and two independent directors, responding to calls on Wall Street to relieve the pressure on Musk and provide more balance in the carmaker's management.

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