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New York - Meet Tesla's New Bondholder: Billionaire George Soros

Published on: May 15, 2018 11:00 PM
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FILE - Georges Soros (C), Chairman of Soros Fund Management, arrives to attend the annual conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris April 9, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau FILE - Georges Soros (C), Chairman of Soros Fund Management, arrives to attend the annual conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris April 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau
New York - The investment firm founded and chaired by billionaire George Soros took a stake in Tesla Inc

bonds during the first three months of the year, giving the electric carmaker run by Elon Musk a prominent supporter.

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Soros Fund Management LLC took a $35 million stake in the convertible bonds of Tesla, which are due in March 2019 <88160RAB7=>, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A spokesman for Soros did not respond to a request for comment.

Convertibles are hybrid securities, either bonds or preferred stock, that can be exchanged for a predetermined number of common shares. That effectively lets an investor participate in stock-price changes, but with the yield and greater security of a fixed-income instrument.

Musk, who like Soros is also a billionaire, has been under pressure from investors to prove the company can solve production problems, stem senior staff departures and resolve questions about crashes involving its electric cars.

At the end of March, the Tesla bonds came under severe selling pressure as the luxury automaker faced concerns about its ability to produce its cheaper Model 3 sedan. A crash involving Tesla’s autopilot technology and concerns about the company’s ability to raise new capital also took a toll.

On Monday, Musk told employees the company was undergoing a “thorough reorganization.”

In 2016, SolarCity Corp, a debt-laden solar panel firm backed by Musk and now owned by Tesla raised $305 million by selling future cash flows for a portfolio of solar projects to a fund advised by Soros Fund Management LLC.

Soros also previously held some Tesla stock, but he sold off his stake last year.

Quarterly disclosures of hedge fund managers’ stock holdings in 13F filings are one of the few public ways of tracking what managers are selling and buying.

The disclosures come 45 days after the end of each quarter and may not reflect current positions.



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 May 16, 2018 at 05:26 AM Anonymous Says:

I hope he loses every penny he invested, Tesla will be bankrupt in three years.

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:29 AM Anonymous Says:

You should continue to fill up you car with gasoline every week and send that money to the arab terrorists murdering yiden. Make sure as you fill up your car have the quvone that the money goes to arab terrorists. Nebach.

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Sorry, there is 2 year waiting for Tesla cars. The only USA made car with a waiting list. Just continue to buy your German car. You must be a Trumpist who voted for a German and likes German cars.

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 May 16, 2018 at 09:34 AM Anonymous Says:

Bit Mitzveh. American Car. MAGA. No pollution. Lo sischos.

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 May 16, 2018 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

soros go you the seelf driving mdoel and drive at 90mph into the back of a cement mixer

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 May 16, 2018 at 07:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You should continue to fill up you car with gasoline every week and send that money to the arab terrorists murdering yiden. Make sure as you fill up your car have the quvone that the money goes to arab terrorists. Nebach.

Until the United States converts to nuclear power generation, all the electricity to power electric cars comes from conventional power plants which mostly burn fossil fuels, which come mostly from the Arab states.

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