Leaked Elon Musk text messages confirm what everyone knew about Tesla’s take-private deal

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As portion of a suit betwixt shareholders and Elon Musk regarding his “funding secured” tweet, caller substance messages and emails betwixt Musk and radical progressive person been released.

The communications beauteous overmuch confirmed however astir radical saw the situation: Elon Musk took a gathering with the caput of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and had aboriginal discussions astir taking Tesla private, which helium took arsenic capable to accidental that the “funding was secured”.

The full ‘”funding secured” concern is coming backmost to airy due to the fact that Musk is trying to bargain Twitter to instrumentality it private, and the Tesla CEO is inactive embroiled successful lawsuits implicit the situation. For those who don’t retrieve the situation, backmost successful 2018, Musk concisely considered trying to bring Tesla backstage and disclosed that to investors done a elemental tweet.

The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled that Musk exaggerated and misled shareholders erstwhile saying that the backing was “secured” successful the tweet:

Am considering taking Tesla backstage astatine $420. Funding secured.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018

Musk went connected a run against the SEC, calling them names and claiming that they were moving for radical shorting the electrical automaker. But ultimately, Tesla and Musk ended up reaching a colony with the SEC.

As portion of the settlement, Musk agreed to measurement down from the relation of president of the board, and Tesla and Musk had to each wage $20 cardinal successful fines.

The CEO presumably didn’t privation Tesla to person to wage for his contented with the SEC. While helium couldn’t straight wage for Tesla’s portion of the fine, helium decided to buy $20 cardinal worthy of shares from Tesla. That way, helium benignant of indirectly ended up paying for Tesla’s good – though helium besides ended up with ~71,000 further Tesla shares successful the process.

As we antecedently reported, Musk ended up really making wealth from the settlement due to Tesla’s banal terms surging.

Another portion of the colony was that Musk and Tesla had to hold for the erstwhile to person his tweets reviewed by the latter’s ineligible section if they are worldly to the company.

Earlier this month, Musk brought up the full concern successful an interrogation astatine TED and insisted that helium didn’t prevarication astir the backing being secured, and that helium was forced to settee with the SEC to prevention Tesla.

However, the CEO ne'er went into the details of that said funding. There were ever rumors that the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) was funny successful investing and taking Tesla private.

The common-sense mentation that astir radical agreed connected is that Musk met with PIF, and they showed beardown involvement successful taking Tesla private, and Musk took the gathering earnestly capable to assertion that backing was secured.

The SEC evidently disagreed with the level of commitment.

Now caller substance messages betwixt Musk, Musk’s associates, and Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan – the caput of PIF – and his ain associates, amusement down the scenes of that common-sense explanation.

Here, Musk complains astir PIF telling the media that it didn’t perpetrate funds for taking Tesla private, and PIF responds that they request to spot fiscal accusation and person a “kickoff call” with their team:

Musk was truly “upset” that PIF wasn’t confirming his mentation of their meeting:

In 1 text, Musk asked PIF to corroborate that they are successful discussions with Tesla and threatened to “never talk again” if they don’t:

This is simply a large problem. It is highly important that you corroborate that you are successful discussions with maine regarding the take-private transaction. Noting much needs to beryllium said. If this is not said, we volition ne'er talk again. Never.

When things fell done with Saudi Arabia, texts messages adjacent amusement that Musk reached retired to Larry Page to put successful the deal. A recurring occupation with Musk making immoderate woody really enactment seemed to beryllium however helium misjudged Tesla’s quality to clasp smaller investors successful a take-private deal.

Electrek’s Take

From the caller texts and grounds being released, it’s beauteous wide that it is arsenic elemental arsenic Musk gathering PIF, them showing a beardown involvement successful helping him instrumentality Tesla private, but thing much came of it. They ne'er went into the details, adjacent according to Musk’s testimony, and PIF seemed to beryllium waiting for much information.

This is beauteous overmuch however everyone saw the situation.

The SEC, which intelligibly already had an contented with Musk sharing worldly accusation astir a nationalist company, Tesla, done Twitter, took discourtesy and investigated. They determined that this was not capable to assertion “funding secured”.

Musk evidently knows the difference, since helium took a antithetic way for the Twitter deal, successful which he conscionable so secured funding.

Personally, I don’t deliberation it’s that large of a deal. He should person lone tweeted that helium is exploring the anticipation of taking Tesla backstage and discussing backing with immoderate parties, and not that “funding is secured.”

I recognize that Musk was frustrated by however the woody with the SEC went down, but ultimately, it turned retired large for him. He paid Tesla’s good with stocks and made hundreds of millions retired of it.

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